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NDP says Lean program focuses on public relations instead of health care

11/05/2014 06:17 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 05:59 EST
REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition leader continues to criticize the government's Lean health-care program, citing a memo that refers to a "go-team."

New Democrat Cam Broten says the team appears to be a communications group put in place to deal with questions and criticisms related to Lean.

The province is paying $40 million over four years for Lean consultants, who are looking for ways to reduce spending and improve efficiency in health care.

The memo says the "go-team" has not been used much to address criticisms because politicians have been responding to issues.

Broten says it shows that the government is focused on public relations as opposed to dealing with health-care concerns.

The Opposition has long criticized the Lean program, arguing that it ignores concerns from front-line workers.

Premier Brad Wall has repeatedly defended the program, saying that it has already paid for itself with savings on the design for the new children's hospital in Saskatoon and a new hospital in Moose Jaw.