MISERICORDIA URGENT CARE TO CLOSE OVERNIGHTS BEGINNING JULY 5, 2017

MISERICORDIA URGENT CARE TO CLOSE OVERNIGHTS BEGINNING JULY 5, 2017

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) announced Friday in a media release that the hours of operation for the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre will be cut in half. The centre will no longer operate 24 hours a day. Effective July 5, 2017 the urgent care centre will be closed between 8:00pm and 7:30 am. According to the WRHA the number of patients coming to the centre overnight has decreased since they announced changes to health care delivery in April. Misericordia Urgent Care Centre is slated to close on October 3rd…

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PROVINCE SUSPENDS SOUTHERN AIR AMBULANCE PROGRAM

PROVINCE SUSPENDS SOUTHERN AIR AMBULANCE PROGRAM

Lack of pilots is the reason being given for the suspension of the Southern Air Ambulance Program. The program had provided transfers between facilities via specially equipped aircraft for trips that would have taken more than two and a half hours by road ambulance. Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government Employees Union, that represents the pilots in the program, believes the closing of the program is putting Manitoban’s healthcare at risk. She also says that overworked paramedics in rural Manitoba will be physically taxed by now having to add…

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WRHA SHUTTING DOWN VICTORIA HOSPITAL ‘ER’ IN OCTOBER

WRHA SHUTTING DOWN VICTORIA HOSPITAL ‘ER’ IN OCTOBER

The timeline has been set for the closing of emergency rooms within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Victoria General’s ‘ER’ will be closed by October and transformed into an urgent care centre.  The Misericordia Urgent Care Centre will also be closed in October. It’s facility will be turned into a Community IV Clinic.   RELATED  |  3 WINNIPEG HOSPITALS LOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS   Seven Oaks emergency room will be shut down in spring of 2018 and converted into an Urgent Care Centre.  Concordia Hospital will lose it’s emergency room…

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WRHA LAYING OFF 15% OF MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVE TODAY

WRHA LAYING OFF 15% OF MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVE TODAY

    Province ordered the cuts earlier this year           Some managers with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will be given layoff notices effective today, Tuesday June 6, 2017. In a letter sent to all management staff across the region this morning from Dave Leschasin, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer said 15% of management positions would be cut by the end of the day. That is 132 positions. “Throughout the day today, individuals occupying deleted positions will be contacted and met with in order to…

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PROVINCE SLASHES HEALTH CARE FUNDING FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE

PROVINCE SLASHES HEALTH CARE FUNDING FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE

If you are among the 170 thousand Manitobans who use a chiropractor your health care just got more expensive as the provincial government makes cuts to front line services, something they promised not to do. Effective June 1, 2017 Manitoba Health has slashed funding to the tune of $4.8 million that allowed Manitobans to seek chiropractic care for up to 12 visits a year. The new structure drops the amount of visits to 7 per year and the amount they cover also dropped from $12.30 per visit to $8.29 per visit. For…

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MISERICORDIA DOCTORS WRITE LETTER TO HEALTH MINISTER IN HOPES OF REVERSING CLOSURE DECISION

MISERICORDIA DOCTORS WRITE LETTER TO HEALTH MINISTER IN HOPES OF REVERSING CLOSURE DECISION

    Doctors say closure is not justified           Doctors at the Misericordia Health Centre are urging the Province of Manitoba to reverse it’s decision to close the urgent care centre at their facility. “We, the Misericordia Urgent Care physicians, are extremely concerned about the closure of the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre and the huge impact this will have on the community we serve. As physicians we feel we need to advocate for this vulnerable population who have complex chronic health, social and mental health needs.”…

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3 WINNIPEG HOSPITALS LOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS

3 WINNIPEG HOSPITALS LOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS

    Seven Oaks, Victoria and Concordia ERs to close.         The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) announced Friday, April 7, 2017 that they will be closing the emergency departments at three of Winnipeg’s community hospitals. Victoria and Seven Oaks Hospital will be converted into Urgent Care Centres. Concordia hospital will focus on orthopedic surgeries. Emergency Rooms will be located in Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Grace Hospital.  According to the WRHA the change in he way emergency medical services are delivered will allow them to capitalize…

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PROVINCE LOWERS AMBULACE FEES

PROVINCE LOWERS AMBULACE FEES

    Lower fees effective April 1, 2017         Ambulance fees are going down April 1st says Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen. “Our mandate was to make sure ambulance fees were affordable for Manitobans living right across the province,” said Goertzen.  “Working with the regional health authorities and other ambulance providers, we are now able to further reduce fees.” According to Goertzen fees will drop to $425 or lower if the service provider has a pre-existing fee structure that is lower. Fees were reduced…

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PUBLIC SECTOR WAGE FREEZE, REDUCTION OF HEALTH BARGAINING UNITS IN NEW LEGISLATION

PUBLIC SECTOR WAGE FREEZE, REDUCTION OF HEALTH BARGAINING UNITS IN NEW LEGISLATION

    No unpaid days off or wage rollbacks in debt reduction plan           The provincial government introduced legislation that is set to reduce the cost of the public sector. Bill 28, the Public services Sustainability Act will freeze wages for the first two years and limit wage increases to .75% in year three and 1% in year four after existing collective agreements expire. The new limits will apply to 120,000 union and non-union employees but do not apply to Judges or Judicial Justices of the…

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TORIES ORDER WINNIPEG REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY TO CUT 15 % OF MANAGEMENT POSITIONS

TORIES ORDER WINNIPEG REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY TO CUT 15 % OF MANAGEMENT POSITIONS

    WRHA must find $83,000,000.00 in savings in 2017             The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has been ordered by Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen to cut spending by $83 million and reduce its management ranks by 15%. In a memo to staff today WRHA President and CEO Milton Sussman confirmed the reduction requirements from the tories. “We are examining potential options to mitigate the impact of this action on our staff and to ensure we have the administrative structure that supports quality health care services…

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