Health Services Authority CEO removed for giving pay hikes behind closed doors

Global News

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) president and CEO resigned after it was discovered salary increases were given to senior management in the organization without the knowledge or approval of its board of directors.

The pay raises are for 118 senior managers in total, and will cost $621,000 this year.

They were approved on May 17 by Lynda Cranston, who had ran the PHSA since 2002. But after the board became aware of the increase on Tuesday, she was forced to apologize for the raises that went against a government promise to freeze wages for all managers and executives across the public sector.

“She explained what went wrong, how she had authorized it, how it had been a mistake,” said PHSA board chair Wynne Powell. “We’ve lost a very skilled individual. But she signed off approval of these wages, and as a result she put the board in a position…

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