NDP Leader Cam Broten announced Thursday he will cancel the toxic John Black Lean program, bringing an end to its damage to health and patient care and the tens of millions of dollars in annual waste.
“This election is all about priorities,” said Broten. “During almost a decade of record resource wealth, instead of investing in mental health care coverage for children and youth or delivering on shorter emergency room wait times, the Sask. Party chose to spend millions and millions on their consultants and consultants’ consultants.”
The Sask. Party paid Black, an American consultant, $40-million to implement his Lean program, promising cost savings. In total, the program has cost the province more than $150 million.
Far from saving money, a recent study published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care concluded that every dollar “saved” by Lean cost the province $1,511.
Instead of backing away from this failed program, the Sask. Party have continued to dig deeper. They have hired 120 people just to promote the Lean program and, in December, Saskatchewan’s Provincial Auditor reported that the Sask. Party is now using Lean in 19 ministries and agencies, four post-secondary schools and 28 school divisions.
“We need more health care workers in emergency rooms to shorten wait times; not more Lean consultants cooking-up extravagant and bizarre ways to waste crucial health care dollars,” said Broten. “We need more care aides to look after seniors; not more Lean consultants following nurses around with stopwatches.”