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