Government & policy
Fired health region CEO departs with
CALGARY – Jack
Davis (pictured), who was CEO of the Calgary Health Region for nine
years, is leaving the post with a retirement package of more than $4
million. During his tenure as CHR chief, he often came under fire for
his annual salary and benefits, which topped $1 million.
“You do wonder who agreed to that (retirement) contract, don’t you?”,
commented Dr. Avalon Roberts, a member of the Friends of Medicare
advocacy group, in an interview with CBC news.
“That money would be much better spent on the front line. It’s a large
amount of money. I think it’s probably unprecedented for a public
servant to receive that kind of payout. I don’t know that for sure, but
it certainly seems remarkably large.”
“I don’t think you can really justify this type of compensation for the
type of product that was being produced by the Calgary Health Region,”
said Scott Hennig, director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Hennig
said Calgarians deserved better results for this money.
“We haven’t seen wait times significantly drop. We haven’t seen the
Calgary Health Region run a balanced budget in years,” said Hennig. “I
don’t think you can really justify this type of compensation for the
type of product that was being produced by the Calgary Health Region.”
Meanwhile, the region’s 2007-08 financial statement also shows that its
chief financial officer will be paid more than $1 million, and three
other senior executives will take home more than $800,000 each under the
supplemental retirement plan.
The figures also confirm that the CHR is facing a deficit of $97.5
Davis and 11 other CEOs were terminated by the Alberta Health Services
Board in July as the board moved ahead to centralize healthcare
Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert said the retirement package has
nothing to do with his department because Davis’ pension is part of a
contract he made when he started with the region.
Meanwhile, Edmonton’s Capital Health said its outgoing CEO Sheila
Weatherill is getting about $2 million under her supplemental executive