New scheduling system to help with overtime issue in Winnipeg hospitals

The Manitoba Government is spending $8 million on new hospital scheduling systems.

The new software will look at trends and the number of scheduled patients, then help assign staff accordingly.

This technology is already being used in other cities like Vancouver and Saskatoon. The province says its been proven to reduce overtime by making sure the correct number of staff are scheduled.

“People want certainty over what they’re doing they want to know in advance how they will be asked to work they want that sense of work life balance and they still want opportunity in many cases to pick up additional shifts if they wanted. These investments will help us do all these things,” said Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen.

Right now, there are eight separate scheduling systems used across the Winnipeg Health Region. Once this system is ready to be rolled out, it will be implemented in three phases starting with the Health Sciences Centre.

“We’ve heard from nurses concerned about overtime hours,” Friesen said. “We are responding; we are making investments.”

The Manitoba Nurses Union, meanwhile, had this to say as a response:

“We’re pleased to see steps being taken to address the excessive levels of overtime nurses have been facing. However, it’s important to note that changes to the scheduling system will not address the primary cause of overtime, which is driven by vacancies and inadequate staffing levels. Overtime has increased dramatically at most Winnipeg hospitals since Phase I was implemented in October 2017. We need to see a plan on retaining and recruiting more nurses.

“This new technology won’t address the nursing shortage.”

The WRHA doesn’t have an exact time when the new system will be in place, but say they’re trying to get it rolled out over the next few months.

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