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Sim­i­larly, the Saskatchew­an Dis­ease Con­trol Lab­o­ra­tory was able to “cut turn­around time for test re­sults by 26 hours; a 68 per cent re­duc­tion ( from ap­prox­i­mately 40 hours to 12 hours)” by re­design­ing their pro­cesses. This led to pa­tients wait­ing shorter pe­ri­ods of time to hear lab re­sults.

The doc­u­ments also note that prior to a work­shop in­volv­ing Saska­toon Can­cer Clinic staff, a house­keeper was “able to clean 2.7 in­fec­tion con­trol rooms per hour.” After the work­shops, things were re­struc­tured so that pro­duc­tiv­ity in­creased to “3.15 in­fec­tion con­trol rooms” per hour.

Make no mis­take, the Wall gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tious lean project is prob­a­bly not per­fect; no mas­sive re­form ever is. But there are plenty of signs things are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion. Even if the crit­ics don’t want to ad­mit it.

Colin Craig is the Prairie Di­rec­tor for the Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion

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