Value-For-Money Review Puts High Quality CancerCare At Risk: Kinew

November, 5 2018

Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew tabled a document in Question Period today that revealed the Pallister government is planning to conduct a value for money review of CancerCare Manitoba. Kinew expressed concerns this review will set the stage for cuts to funding.

The Pallister government released a Request for Proposals to perform an ‘Operational Review’ of CancerCare last week that would be awarded in January 2019. The review will examine the ‘fiscal efficiency’ of CancerCare’s clinical services by conducting a value-for-money audit. The proponent’s final report will be kept confidential from the public.

“Cancer has touched every family in our province – we need quality, fast treatment. Pallister’s review is not focused on the quality of care cancer patients receive and instead focuses on cutting costs,” said Kinew. “This is yet another expensive, outside consultant review that allows Pallister to cut treatment, cancel program and fire health care workers.”

Kinew noted the Pallister government has cut CancerCare in the last two years. In 2016 the province cancelled a plan to expand CancerCare’s headquarters. Last year, the Pallister government cut CancerCare’s budget by $2.5 million.

The former NDP government made significant investment in CancerCare and worked to achieve the shortest wait times in Canada. A 2018 Canadian Institute for Health Information report found that 100% of Manitoba cancer patients receive radiation treatment within four weeks. It has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates across the country, thanks to an NDP-led strategy to deliver comprehensive care that improved each patient’s journey through treatment.

“CancerCare Manitoba is one of the best services in Canada because it focuses on patients and the care they receive,” said Kinew. “The Pallister government is forcing CancerCare into a race to the bottom by setting the stage for cuts to services that cancer patients rely on. It will mean longer waits for treatment and fewer supports for patients.”

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