TOPIC: 2017 MANITOBA HEALTH CARE CUTS AND CHANGES

After significant drop, Winnipeg hospital wait times climbing back to pre-pandemic levels

It took nearly two hours for the average patient to be seen at a Winnipeg hospital in March  — the longest wait in 15 months. 

New WRHA president acknowledges challenges in 'dynamic time' for Winnipeg health care

Vickie Kamiski was announced as the new president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority on Friday.

Seven Oaks intensive care unit set to shut down as overhaul of Winnipeg's health-care system continues

The contentious overhaul of Winnipeg's health-care system is continuing one week after a provincial election was fought over the issue, with the closure of the intensive care unit at Seven Oaks General Hospital on Sept. 19.

Recently retired nurse, union say election promise to hire more nurses won't fix 'acute' shortage

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has released figures that show there were 1,350 vacant nursing positions as of August — an increase from 1,171 the previous year. A retired nurse and the Manitoba Nurses Union both say the province's health-care system is losing valuable expertise.

Former addictions worker worries agency's merge into Shared Health could create delays, stifle innovation

A former staff member with the Addictions Foundation Manitoba says she’s concerned about the plan to roll the arm’s-length Crown agency into the province’s newly created health authority.

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 ER is no more: The difference between an ER and urgent care

The largest health-care revamp in a generation has many Winnipeggers wondering what will happen after half of Winnipeg's emergency departments shut down and two urgent care facilities open.

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.

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