News Article - Horizon cuts radiology jobs
CHRIS MORRIS Legislature Bureau
January 22, 2014
FREDERICTON – The Horizon Health Network says its decision to eliminate 12 positions in X-ray departments in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton will not impact patient care or wait times.
Daniel Hickey, regional director for Horizon’s diagnostic imaging department, said Wednesday eight radiology technicians were laid off and four vacant positions eliminated in a move designed to streamline services and cut costs.
The staff reductions will save the health network about $500,000 annually.
“The positions that were affected through the layoffs were in the area of general radiology,” Hickey said in an interview.
“We are not anticipating as a result of the layoffs any increase in waiting times for general radiology. This decision was largely taken as an attempt to standardize and look for improved operations and efficiencies. It is not anticipated to have a detrimental impact on wait times or services. The hours of operation and services remain unchanged in those particular areas.”
New Brunswick Union president Susie Proulx-Daigle said two of the layoffs are in Moncton, three in Saint John and three in Fredericton.
“How can this not affect patient care?” she said.
“These are front-line workers in X-ray and one in nuclear medicine. It also raises serious recruitment and retention issues. Our members in these areas tell us they’re very busy and already felt their departments were short-staffed. With fewer people now to do the work, how can it be more efficient?”
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