The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) is meeting with doctors across the province to discuss how successful the recent amalgamation into the Saskatchewan Health Authority has been.
The province moved to a single health authority last December.
One of the changes that came with the amalgamation was increasing the number of doctors in leadership roles within the health region.
Dr. Siva Karunakaran, president of the SMA, said there have always been physicians in leadership roles, primarily as senior medical officers, but having five in executive positions with power equal to administrators is new for the system.
“It’s possibly new in the whole country and we are pretty pleased about that,” said Karunakaran.
He said the SMA advocated for those positions during consultation with the provincial government and was glad to see it come to fruition.
Every year the SMA goes on a fall tour to meet with doctors across the province, making 12 stops altogether.
Karunakaran said the issues concerning the SMA focus on the relationship with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the bylaws associated with that.
“We had regional bylaws before and then they were working on a new sets of bylaws before this amalgamation happened, so there wasn’t enough time to get the bylaws in place.”
He said the SMA is working with the health authority on getting the bylaws put into place.
The SMA is in Regina Wednesday night.
— With files from Adriana Christianson.