Manitoba signs health funding agreement with federal government

Manitoba signs health funding agreement with federal government

    Health Accord still not agreed to           Manitoba has signed a health funding agreement with the federal government that will see $15.9 million flow to the province in 2017-18. Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today that funding for home and community care to the tune of $7.27 million and $3.63 million for mental health and addiction will begin to flow to the province immediately. Goertzen said that an additional $5 million will be coming for critical areas identified by the…

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Impact to nurses outlined in WRHA announcement

Impact to nurses outlined in WRHA announcement

    512 position deletion letters being sent to nurses             With dramatic changes underway in the way emergent and urgent care services are provided in Winnipeg nurses have been wondering how their jobs will be impacted. On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) announced some of the changes surrounding nursing. 512 position deletion letters are being sent out to nurses working at the Grace Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Misericordia Hospital. The WRHA says that although the current positions are being deleted it doesn’t…

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WRHA to spend $19.9 million renovating hospitals over the next couple of years

WRHA to spend $19.9 million renovating hospitals over the next couple of years

It has been known since the WRHA first announced the closing of three emergency rooms earlier this year that renovations were going to be required to accommodate the shift in service delivery. On Monday, August 14, 2017, the cost associated with the construction was released and it comes to a staggering $19.9 million. The renovations will happen over the next 27 months with HSC’s ER expanding and “minor” renovations at St. Boniface Hospital as well   READ MORE  |  3 WINNIPEG HOSPITALS LOSE EMERGENCY ROOMS   READ MORE  |  WRHA LAYING…

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Province to set cap on drug dispensing fees

Province to set cap on drug dispensing fees

    Expects to save $11 million annually           In an effort to curb the cost prescriptions the Province of Manitoba will be introducing a cap on the dispensing fees that pharmacies can charge. “When pharmacists fill a prescription, they charge what is known as a dispensing or professional fee to cover costs of storing and preparing medication, as well as providing services to clients,” saidHealth, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen.  “As in other provinces and territories that have a cap on these fees,…

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MORE HEALTHCARE CUTS TO FRONT-LINE SERVICES

MORE HEALTHCARE CUTS TO FRONT-LINE SERVICES

For months it has been known that changes were coming to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) as they struggle to meet budget and staffing requirements imposed on then from the province. Last month they announced the layoff of 137 management positions and prior to that they announced the closure of three emergency rooms and the creation of two urgent care centres to take their place. When the announcement to close emergency rooms was made, then president of the WRHA, Milton Sussman, said publicly that no front-line workers at any of the…

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PRESIDENT AND CEO OF WRHA LEAVES POSITION

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF WRHA LEAVES POSITION

In a statement issued early this evening Milton Sussman, president and CEO of the WRHA and the board of directors have decided to part ways. This announcement comes just hours after the Health Minister announced the creation of a new organization that takes away some of the RHA’s responsibility. In a media release Kelvin Geortzen praised Sussman for being an exemplary civil servant and thanked him for his many years of service. Real Cloutier will take over as interim CEO. -News 4-       .  

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NEW CENTRAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION CREATED

NEW CENTRAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION CREATED

On Wednesday June 28, 2017 Manitoba’s Health Minister announced the creation of a new health organization that will co-ordinate service delivery across Manitoba. “Manitoba’s health-care system is complex and siloed, with eight independent organizations each doing their own planning, standard setting and service delivery in relative isolation of one another,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen.  “This is neither efficient nor effective and has been identified as a major impediment to improved access to quality health care and our ability to manage costs in a sustainable way.”…

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PROVINCE IMPROVES ACCESS TO SUBOXONE FOR THOSE RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE

PROVINCE IMPROVES ACCESS TO SUBOXONE FOR THOSE RECOVERING FROM OPIOID USE

The Province of Manitoba just made it easier for those recovering from opioid use to access suboxone. “We know opioids like fentanyl are affecting our communities and families, which is why we are enhancing access to suboxone,” saidHealth, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen.   Suboxone is an opioid replacement. It is used to decrease cravings and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Up until now the criteria for coverage of the drug through the Pharmacare program was restrictive. With today’s announcement those criteria have been removed making access easier for eligible…

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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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