NDP Introduce Bill to Recognize Allied Health Professionals

March 8, 2018

Today Manitoba New Democrats introduced Bill 213, “The Allied Healthcare Professionals Recognition Week Act”, to the Manitoba Legislature and called for all party support. The bill would designate the last week of May each year as the “Manitoba Allied Healthcare Professionals Recognition Week”, to show appreciation and respect for all the health professionals who care for Manitobans.

Speech language pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, diagnostic medical professionals, imaging specialists, and dieticians are some of the allied health professionals who offer strong primary care for Manitobans.

NDP Health Critic Andrew Swan noted that the work done by allied health professionals is an upstream investment in the health of Manitobans, helping people stay healthy and avoid chronic diseases, surgeries, and trips to the emergency room.

“We have an opportunity here to recognize the life-saving work that’s done by wonderful Manitobans. Every day, we benefit from their care, their professionalism, and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that everyone gets the opportunity to lead healthy lives,” said NDP Health Critic Andrew Swan.

Swan noted that recognition of these professionals has never been more necessary, after the Pallister government cut at least two hundred and twenty eight front line health care workers, including health care aides, nurses, audiologists, lactation consultants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support staff.

“After he explicitly promised not to do so, Pallister has cut deep into the health care Manitobans rely on. We need to change course, and invest upstream in the work of these professionals so that Manitobans can stay healthy at home,” said Swan.