The people side of health care (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/24/2003

If you’re looking for an HR challenge the health-care sector could use your help.

Cutbacks, change management and health professional shortages have made managing the human resources side of health care one of the HR profession’s more interesting challenges, to say the least. Now, the Romanow commission’s report on the future of Canada’s health-care system, complete with a chapter on human resources, provides hope for the sector’s beleaguered employers and HR practitioners. This could be an opportunity to take part in a worthwhile endeavour — revitalizing the health-care-system — but we’ll have to see if politicians deliver the $15-billion spending increase Romanow wants.

The commission’s recipe for HR salvation is a strong one, but it will require skilled HR professionals to help bring about change. If the cash arrives, employers will have an opportunity to put sound HR to work, instead of the crisis management that has been the hallmark of a financially starved system.