Topic: 2017 manitoba health care cuts and changes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.