More than 120 staff have been hired solely to promote the John Black Lean program in Saskatchewan, costing taxpayers tens of millions in salaries alone.
In addition to 97.6 full-time staff in the 12 Kaizen Promotion Offices in the health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, there are at least four full-time Lean specialists in the Health Ministry, five in eHealth and at least another 17 devoted exclusively to Lean promotion in the Provincial Kaizen Promotion Office.
Sask. Party claims $476.9 million in avoided “risk” to justify spending more
The government’s own numbers show that a traditional construction model would cost $200 million less than the Sask. Party’s European P3 rent-a-road scheme.
And, in a biased attempt to hide the fact that the Regina bypass is a boondoggle, the Sask. Party is peddling a value for money report that includes $476.9 million in “retained risk” calculations that have been found to be bogus in other jurisdictions.
“The only one getting a good deal on this project is the corporation from Europe that will rake in billions of Saskatchewan dollars,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “I’d remind the Sask. Party that the money they’re playing with belongs to Saskatchewan families.”
The NDP is disappointed with the Sask. Party government’s weak approach to renewable power – setting a ceiling instead of a minimum goal for generating power from greener sources.
The number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery has jumped 73 per cent across Saskatchewan since March, when the Sask. Party government cut the surgical budget.
That is another 20 per cent increase over last month's numbers.
The Sask. Party government voted against Bill 609, The Residents in Care Bill of Rights Act, which would have required the government to establish minimum quality of care standards for seniors care homes throughout the province.