06/27/2013 04:35 EDT | Updated 08/27/2013 05:12 EDT

BC Health Pay Raises Reversed By Health Authority


VANCOUVER - Salary hikes for 187 non-unionized staff at the Provincial Health Services Authority have been rolled back after the president of the authority resigned, acknowledging she approved the raises against a government directive.

Wynne Powell, chairman of the board of directors for the health authority, says in a statement the board has ordered the three-per-cent salary increases to be rescinded, saving the province about $660,000 annually.

Powell says the decision by former authority president and CEO Lynda Cranston may have let British Columbians down and he apologized on behalf of the board.

Powell also says a process has been put in place to ensure something similar can't happen again.

Cranston stepped down last week after telling the board she approved the pay raises that came into effect three days after the provincial election, despite a 2012 order from the government freezing pay hikes to public-sector managers.

The Provincial Health Services Authority runs BC Children's Hospital, BC Transplant and specialized services such as trauma and chest surgery.

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