Topic: 2017 manitoba health care cuts and changes

Fighting system created by health-care changes 'totally burned you out,' says retired Winnipeg nurse

A former registered nurse says she retired early in part because of the stress caused by changes to Manitoba's health-care system — and she wouldn't be surprised if others did the same.

'A lot of anxiety from nurses' over plan to shift to 12-hour rotations at Seven Oaks Hospital: union

Nurses at Seven Oaks General Hospital say they feel slighted by a unilateral decision to extend most shifts by four hours once the emergency department closes in September.

Concordia Hospital's ER will become urgent care centre as of Monday, province says

Concordia's emergency room is closing ahead of schedule because the hospital doesn't have enough staff to sustain emergency care any longer, it was announced on Wednesday. 

Future of health authority's laundry facility in Selkirk muddy after minister's comments on jobs

Workers at a Selkirk facility that handles mounds of laundry for Winnipeg's health authority may have to apply for new positions — but they don't know where or even when.

Consultant who proposed Manitoba's health-care overhaul will review closure of Concordia ER

Manitoba's health minister wouldn't give a yes or no answer when asked Thursday if the emergency room at Concordia Hospital will shut down as planned. But Cameron Friesen said it's unlikely the consultant who suggested Winnipeg should offer emergency care in fewer locations will change his mind.

WRHA head acknowledges 'valley of despair' for employees struggling with health-care changes

Real Cloutier, the head of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, acknowledges that employees are mired in a "valley of despair" two years into a massive transformation of the province's health-care system.

Grandview, Man., commissions study on local healthcare in fight to save EMS station

A group advocating to keep ambulance service based in Grandview, Man., has enlisted help from researchers at McMaster University in their plight.

Ambulances to stop bringing most critically ill patients to Concordia, as part of transition from ER

Winnipeg's ambulance protocols will change next month, as part of Concordia Hospital's emergency room's transition into a ​walk-in clinic.

Nurse says St. Boniface Hospital staff facing burnout with overtime situation that's 'worst I've ever seen'

Nurses at Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital have been required to work overtime more than twice as often in the first six months of this year as in all of 2017, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Manitoba Nurses Union.

Further streamlining of Manitoba's health-care system announced

Manitoba's bloated health-care system must be slimmed down, the government said Thursday.

Walk-in clinic will inherit some of Concordia Hospital's ER space

The walk-in connected care clinic will open next summer, Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced Wednesday at a media conference.

Concordia, Seven Oaks emergency rooms to be closed by end of next summer

Winnipeg's health authority revealed the timeline Thursday for the closure of Concordia Hospital's emergency room and the conversion of Seven Oaks General Hospital into an urgent care centre.

WRHA wants a further 15% reduction in ER wait times

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority intends to further slash emergency room wait times in the year ahead.
Opinion

New report offers hope, but we still have to admit we have a problem with mental health care in Manitoba

Manitoba has a problem. For some of us reading a new report on mental health care in the province, it may feel a little like seeing our dirty laundry laid out on the front porch, and sometimes it may hurt.

Process to slash number of health bargaining units in Manitoba could take 18 months, cost $250K

Manitoba's health minister says the planned process to cut the number of bargaining units in the province could take up to 18 months and cost up to $250,000, but he hopes it won't take that long.

Nursing staff shortages pushing health system toward hallway medicine, union says

Closures and consolidations in Manitoba’s health system are causing staffing shortages at units across Winnipeg hospitals, leading to overcrowding and a return to hallway medicine, the president of the Manitoba Nurses Union said Wednesday.

Winnipeg ER wait times have dropped by 16% overall since last year, but rose in recent months

Wait times in Winnipeg emergency departments have dropped by 16 per cent overall in the past year, but have gone up every month since sweeping changes were implemented last October.

Growing number of Manitobans waiting longer than recommended for hip, knee, cataract surgeries: report

There are now more Manitobans waiting longer than the recommended time period for some health-care services than there were two years ago, according to a new report released on Thursday.

Manitoba repeals universal health care for international students

A revision to provincial policy will see international post-secondary students lose access to universal health care this fall.

Mandatory overtime at St. Boniface Hospital 'basically how they're staffing': nurses union

The Manitoba Nurses Union says mandatory overtime has hit a crisis level at St. Boniface Hospital.

Manitoba hopes to save $3M by pulling universal health care for international students

The provincial government could save millions of dollars by cutting universal health care for international post-secondary students, but some say that could deter some from pursuing higher education in Manitoba.

Residents of Boissevain petition against closure of town's EMS station

Another Manitoba community has joined the chorus of those calling for the Manitoba government to back down on planned changes to the province's emergency medical services system.

Sleep apnea machine funding changes put patients at risk: NDP

Manitoba's NDP and a small group of people with sleep apnea say they can't rest easy with changes to provincial subsidies for machines needed to treat the condition.

Next phase of Manitoba's health-care overhaul begins with planned demolition of St. Boniface Hospital ward

Winnipeg's health authority is moving forward with plans to enact the second phase of sweeping health-care changes in the city, starting with the demolition of a recently emptied ward at St. Boniface Hospital.

Delays in care, patients 'poked and poked' after intravenous nurse team cut, Winnipeg woman says

A Winnipeg woman with lupus says the loss of a specialized team of intravenous nurses at the Health Sciences Centre is causing unnecessary delays in care and pain for other patients, and is putting added stress on hospital staff.

ICU nurse to retire in response to changes to Winnipeg's health care system

A Winnipeg nurse says she is retiring because she says she can’t continue to work for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority after sweeping changes were brought in last fall.

Wait times down, wait list for sub-acute beds up: Winnipeg health authority

Three months after closing an urgent care centre and converting one emergency department to an urgent care centre, wait times are down — unless you're waiting for a sub-acute bed.

'Wild' month at Concordia Hospital caused by crystal meth, says health region

November was "wild" at Concordia Hospital because the hospital saw more patients suffering effects of crystal meth addiction not because there was a jump in patients arriving by ambulance, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says.

Union says health-care workers being 'held hostage' in contract negotiations, files Labour Board complaint

The union representing about 7,500 health-care support workers filed a complaint with the Manitoba Labour Board Wednesday, putting pressure on dozens of employers, including hospitals and long-term care facilities, to begin contract negotiations.

Ambulance lineup at St. Boniface Hospital draws fire from paramedics union

Long ambulance lineups seen outside St. Boniface hospital this week are a symptom of flu season, according to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. But the union representing Manitoba's paramedics says the closure of Winnipeg clinics is also to blame.

Pot, transit and a race for the mayor's chair: Looking ahead to 2018 in Manitoba

A new year is here — one during which the next phase of the province's health-care overhaul, plans for pot and an election for the top spot at Winnipeg's city hall will be among the big stories for Manitoba.

Early, aggressive flu season causing crowded ERs, not closures: WRHA

The flu is hitting Manitobans earlier and with more severe symptoms than last year, health officials with the province say, and that's filling up Winnipeg's emergency rooms.

Dauphin getting MRI, but fate of rural Manitoba ERs still uncertain after task force report

While changes to Winnipeg's health care system continue, rural communities are still largely in the dark about what will happen with their small, local emergency rooms and hospitals.

Manitoba premier says some rural hospitals to close, be converted to care homes

Premier Brian Pallister says some hospitals in rural Manitoba will be closed or converted into personal care homes as part of the Progressive Conservative government's plan to reform health care.

Former KPMG consultant will oversee Health Sciences Centre's transition to new health organization

Ronan Segrave has been hired as interim chief operating officer of HSC to transition the hospital into the new entity, manage those changes, find efficiency, lower wait times and deal with increased volumes of patients as services at other facilities in Winnipeg shutter.

'It hurts! It hurts like heck!': patient sore about loss of HSC IV team

A Winnipeg woman dreads her monthly trips to the HSC for IV medication because the hospital recently deleted a team of nurses who specialized in IVs as well at the same time they told staff to stop using local anesthetic.

Manitoba added no new personal care beds in 2016-17, despite Tory election promise

The Pallister government broke its campaign promise to add new personal care beds to Manitoba facilities in 2016-17, NDP Leader Wab Kinew says.

4 QuickCare clinics to close a month ahead of schedule, NDP say

Four of the five remaining QuickCare clinics in Winnipeg will close their doors for good on New Year's Day, one month sooner than initially expected, NDP leader Wab Kinew says.

Province releases part of long-awaited KPMG health-care report

Consolidate functions of the province's five health authorities, fold some health organizations such as CancerCare Manitoba into larger entities, and cut funding for some services such as outpatient physiotherapy and occupational therapy altogether, says a major study of the province's health-care system.

Winnipeg ER wait times still among worst in Canada but getting better

Winnipeg hospitals still have the longest emergency department wait times in the country, but recent changes have already brought improvements, a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority official says.

'It is manageable': Winnipeg personal care homes dealing with one-time funding cut

Personal care homes in Winnipeg faced a one-time, in-year funding cut of a quarter of a per cent earlier this year, amounting to a reduction of more than $1 million across the system.

'If we say no, we get Trudeau': Manitoba environment minister backs carbon tax

Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires issued a warning to Progressive Conservative Party members Saturday as she pitched her government's carbon tax plan.

Equivalent of 15 nursing jobs to be eliminated at Deer Lodge Centre: union

The union representing nurses at Winnipeg's Deer Lodge Centre says its members have been told the equivalent of 15 full-time jobs will be cut from the facility.

Early results in health transformation 'promising,' authority says

So far, so good. That's the message leaders from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority shared on Thursday in a progress update on the first three weeks of Phase 1 of a massive health-care overhaul in the city.

Mental health advocates fear review will prompt bed closures in Manitoba

A mental health expert leading an independent review into Manitoba's mental health and addictions services recently came under fire for recommending residential bed closures in other provinces, the CBC has learned.

'I feel totally abandoned': Manitoba woman waiting for knee surgery

Next month, Winnipeggers who need knee or hip replacement surgery will no longer receive publicly funded outpatient physiotherapy to help them recover.
Profile

Who is David Peachey? Meet the doctor-turned-consultant behind Manitoba's health-care overhaul

In the seven months since doctor-turned-consultant Dr. David Peachey presented his report on health care to the Manitoba government, the sweeping changes he recommended have dominated headlines. But Peachey himself has avoided the spotlight.
Opinion

Cut in number of flu shot clinics a bad way to keep Manitobans healthy

A reduction in flu shot clinics in Winnipeg this year offers a perfect example of how health-care cuts and changes affect average citizens' basic health-care needs, Joanne Seiff says.

More than half of Manitobans 'strongly oppose' health care premiums: poll

Premier Brian Pallister's proposed health care premiums are not playing well in the province — 53 per cent strongly oppose them and 18 per cent oppose them moderately.

Misericordia's closure left huge hole in care, area residents say

Dozens of people in Winnipeg's West Broadway area say they feel abandoned, unsafe and vulnerable after the closure of the Misericordia Health Centre's urgent care service earlier this month.

Ambulatory care clinics moving to single location, Winnipeg health authority says

Winnipeg's 13 ambulatory care clinics are being moved into one building, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced on Friday.

Winnipeg seniors awaiting knee surgery opposes relocation of outpatient service to HSC

A Winnipeg senior waiting for knee surgery wants to know why she's expected to hoof it all the way to Health Sciences Centre, bemoaning the closure of Concordia Hospital's physio and occupational therapy program for knee and hip surgery patients.

Southern Health Regions finds $1.2M in savings, larger plan for rural health care remains a mystery

In total, over $1.2 million in savings targeted by the authority has been approved by the province, while the remaining millions are still awaiting approval by the government.

CBC Asks: What's your prognosis on health care in Manitoba? Join the discussion

Winnipeggers discussed the changes being made to the city's health-care system and asked questions of the health authority charged with overhauling the system at a CBC News Town Hall Tuesday night.

Province plans to cut civil service by 8% following release of KPMG fiscal review

The Manitoba government has released the results of a closely guarded review of the province's finances by consulting firm KPMG.

Patient-centred or budget-driven? 117 seen as Victoria ER becomes urgent care centre

Winnipeggers and some unions representing health care workers have concerns — and some cautious optimism — about the closure of the first of Winnipeg’s six emergency departments.

What you need to know as 1st ER closes in health-care overhaul

People looking for treatment in Winnipeg on Tuesday will face the first emergency room closure in what Manitoba’s health minister has called the “most significant change in the health-care system in a generation.”

Sign comes down as Misericordia Urgent Care Centre prepares to close

The clock is ticking for the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre.

'Life-saving conversations': How to advocate for yourself in the health-care system

In the midst of what Manitoba's health minister has called the largest overhaul of health care in a generation, a pair of experts on patient advocacy have advice on how to ensure you're getting the best care you can.

22 new doctors a good start but won't eliminate shortage in Interlake, health authority CEO says

More than 20 new doctors are set to serve rural Manitoba communities that faced a doctor shortage earlier this year.
Q&A

ER overhaul a 'Manitoba model' other provinces will look at, architect of change says

The first phase of a major health-care overhaul in Winnipeg is slated to move forward next week, with one emergency department converting to an urgent care centre and one urgent care centre shutting its doors.

1st major changes in health-care overhaul to start next week in Winnipeg

The closure was announced earlier this year by the province and the health authority in an effort to streamline care in Winnipeg, following guidelines set out by Nova Scotia-based consultant Dr. David Peachey in a government-commissioned report.

Selkirk emergency room scales back on doctor hours

The emergency room in Selkirk, Man., is the cutting the hours of additional doctors on duty as the health region attempts to cut $7 million in spending to balance its budget.

Family believes poor care, long wait at HSC contributed to death of 91-year-old grandmother

A Winnipeg woman says she believes the actions of some hospital staff and a long emergency room wait at Health Sciences Centre contributed to her mother's death, and she worries the same thing will happen to someone else under upcoming changes to health-care services in Manitoba.

Manitoba health care changes make sense, former WRHA head says

A former head of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives plan to overhaul the province’s health system mostly makes sense, despite some concerns.

Health tax proposal unpopular with rural Manitobans facing EMS changes, councillor says

The prospect of a new health-care tax isn't sitting well with some people in rural Manitoba, who are already concerned about changes to rural emergency medical services announced earlier this year.

Manitobans must pay health premiums or face cuts to services: premier

The Manitoba government is considering introducing a health-care tax that residents would have to pay based on income.

More than 100 health-care aide positions will be cut as part of WRHA changes, union says

At least 111 health-care aide positions will be cut at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre as part of a major restructuring of city's health-care system, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, but the authority in charge disputes that number.

Manitoba NDP accuses government of secrecy, demands release of health-care reports

Manitoba New Democrats accuse Premier Brian Pallister's government of secrecy, saying it is making massive changes to the province's health-care system without first releasing reports it's basing those decisions on.

'Definitely a surprise': Urgent-care changes caught Misericordia president off guard

A chorus of medical and an administrative professionals have been saying for months that they were blindsided by broad changes to Manitoba's health-care services announced in the spring, and it appears the higher-ups at Misericordia Health Centre also didn't see the changes coming.

'There were a lot of boos': 500 pack hall in Grandview, Man., to discuss EMS overhaul

A meeting in Grandview, Man., this week organized by the town's doctors to discuss planned changes to the province's EMS system attracted a third of the town's population, many angry with the province's lack of consultations with the community beforehand.

Nursing changes will reduce need for overtime, WRHA head says

The interim president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says major changes affecting nurses in the city will correct an expensive mismatch between patient needs and staffing levels.

More than 500 Winnipeg nurses to be offered new jobs after positions deleted

Health-care staffing changes have started as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority prepares to replace two emergency departments with urgent care centres and completely close a third.

WRHA announces $19.9M in renovations to deal with massive health-care revamp

Winnipeg’s hospitals will get $19.9 million in renovations over the next 27 months as part of the massive restructuring in the health-care system.

Doctors in Grandview, Man., call public meeting over plan to close EMS garage

A trio of doctors in a small western Manitoba town have called a public meeting, saying the province's plan to close dozens of ambulance garages in the next decade doesn't add up.

Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre emergency room renovations to cost $765,000

Renovations at the Health Sciences Centre to accommodate an expected influx of patients amid ER closures now have a price tag.

Do you know what an Access centre is? Because soon you may need to

All but one of the city's QuickCare clinics will be closed as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority works toward reaching provincially mandated budget cuts. At the same time, the city's Access centres will extend their hours to accommodate patients.

WRHA cuts nurses from trauma, burn, IV units at Health Sciences Centre

More than a dozen nurses specializing in intravenous insertion and burn and trauma care at the Health Sciences Centre will be out of jobs this fall, says the union that represents nurses in Manitoba.
Opinion

Manitoba women's health just got worse

If we believe Brian Pallister, Manitobans' main concern is about cutting costs and reducing debt. Apparently we're willing to increase infant mortality rates, lower breastfeeding rates and forego hard-fought health gains because keeping our citizens alive and healthy is not a top priority.

What patients need to know about planned changes to Manitoba health care

With so many cuts announced over the past few months, it can be difficult to keep track. Read a roundup of all the changes planned so far.

Closure of women's health centre 'a great disservice,' patients say

Patients of Winnipeg's Mature Women’s Health Centre are speaking out in the wake of news it is slated to close in October.
Opinion

Closure of Mature Women's Centre an unprecedented assault on women's health

On July 10, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced a catastrophic blow to the provision of innovative health care for the women of Manitoba.

Cuts to Winnipeg audiologists put patients at risk, says union

The latest round of cuts at Health Sciences Centre could put adults with some of the most complex hearing loss issues at risk, the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is warning.

Recreation therapy positions chopped from HSC mental health program

Patients with mental illness at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg will feel the latest round of health-care cuts after the recreation therapy program helping them with life skills and leisure is slashed.

Auto insurance rates rise again, putting promised cuts in the rearview

Auto insurance will cost you more in Ontario, despite long-ago pledges that premiums would go down.

Terminated Winnipeg health authority workers must pay back part of severance, give monthly employment reports

CBC News has obtained a copy of the confidential severance agreement given to the 73 managers let go by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and law experts say it raises a number of questions.

ER doctors won't have to reapply for their own jobs, WRHA says after 'misunderstanding' due to letter

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is reassuring emergency room doctors after a letter was sent out last week leaving some believing they'd have to reapply for their own jobs.

Doctors' jobs eliminated during ER overhaul

Some emergency room doctors have received notice that their positions will no longer exist as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority goes through major restructuring.

'There are other options': Pallister says private sector better bet for physiotherapy, occupational therapy

The private sector will step up to ensure Manitobans have access to physiotherapy and occupational therapy after the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced it would be transferring those services out of hospitals and into private clinics, Premier Brian Pallister said in a scrum with reporters Friday.

'You're picking on the sick people': patient, therapist question occupational therapy cut

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s plan to shift occupational therapy out of its hospitals and into private clinics is drawing fire from patients and practitioners.

Coming cuts to health services for newborns, moms 'staggering,' nurses union says

Newborn babies and moms will be put at risk by the latest round of health-care system cuts, says the union representing Manitoba's nurses.

Association decries WRHA move to axe occupational therapy director

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has cut the position of regional director of occupational therapy, formerly held by Marlene Stern, prompting concerns from the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists.

WRHA's move to put physiotherapy in private clinics alarms national group

The association that represents physiotherapists across Canada is calling a move that will see some Manitobans forced to pay out of pocket for outpatient physiotherapy and occupational therapy short-sighted.

Some Manitobans will pay out-of-pocket for physiotherapy starting this fall

Some Manitobans will have to pay out-of-pocket for outpatient physiotherapy and occupational therapy starting this fall, according to an announcement from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

4 of 5 Winnipeg QuickCare clinics closing, Access centres expanding in January

All but one of the city's QuickCare clinics will close as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority makes provincially mandated budget cuts.

Misericordia eye care centre to remain open 24/7

Changing hours at the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre won't affect the hospital's eye care centre, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says.

Rural Manitoba to lose 18 stations in emergency medical services overhaul

The Manitoba government is moving ahead with a large-scale transformation of the province's EMS system that includes closing more than a dozen stations in rural Manitoba.

New health organization will centralize Manitoba's ambulance services, take over HSC operations

The Manitoba government will create a new health organization to help co-ordinate service delivery and planning across the province.

Misericordia urgent care to close overnight starting July 5

The Misericordia Urgent Care Centre will only take patients from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting July 5, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says.

Closing urgent care centre 'unconscionable': Misericordia Sisters

A religious order that founded a Winnipeg hospital more than a century ago is asking Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen to back off plans to scale back the facility.