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South Bruce Grey Health Centre Budget Not Yet Approved

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

SBGHC awaits more funding details from province.

The 2019-2020 South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) budget has yet to be approved by the Board of Directors.

It appears the hold up now is to see what kind of money will be coming from the province to help out with the budget.

SBGHC President & CEO Michael Barrett says the board has been working hard to create a budget with efficiencies to avoid a possible $900,000 deficit by the end of the fiscal year, next March 31st.

All that's needed now is the amount the province is going to kick in, which in the past, has been around 1% of a hospital's budget.

At 46-million-dollars, that would amount to $460,000.

Barrett says they continue to review savings strategies because "New revenue that we have coming in won't keep pace with the additional expenses that we have."

He refers to increased staffing, pharmacy and utility costs.

However, Barrett says he believes the board will be able to find new efficiencies without impacting patient care.

He declined to address the efficiences saying he will make a presentation to the board in June before making them public.

SBGHC operates hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham.

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