Listening tour coming to northeast Winnipeg

By: Matt Wiebe, MLA for Concordia

As published in The Herald

December 13, 2017

This past year, Manitobans have seen large changes to their health care system.

Lack of transparency from the government has left both health care staff and citizens unsure about when and how the changes will take place, and the impact it will have on health care services and jobs.

Northeast Winnipeg has been disproportionately affected. On top of the set closure of Concordia Hospital Emergency Room in the spring of 2018, a personal care home in Transcona, the Concordia Health and Fitness Centre, and the nearest Quick Care Clinic were also all cancelled.

Changes to outpatient physiotherapy and occupational therapy have left people wondering if they qualify, and left many others without access to services.

These cuts are removing the primary prevention and the long-term care that keeps people healthy and comfortable at home. These cuts will hurt the quality of life of patients right now, and they will end up costing more in the long run.

I am aware that a group of concerned citizens, The Northeast Citizens Working Group, has been formed to challenge the government on health care changes in the area. They have an active Facebook page, they were an integral part in the success of collecting signatures on the ER closure and they are currently organizing a postcard campaign to ensure citizen voices are heard.

I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved to email savetheconcordiaer@gmail.com I continue to listen to the concerns being raised by residents in northeast Winnipeg.

To ensure your voices are heard, I continue to read petitions in the legislature and we continue to press government with questions in question period.

To further address your questions and concerns about health care changes, our NDP team is launching a Healthcare Listening Tour, to hear first-hand the impact of the cuts being made.

The tour will be in northeast Winnipeg on Mon., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the East End Community Club, 517 Pandora Ave. E. The event will be hosted by myself and Wab Kinew. Issues raised will be incorporated into our heath care plan, which will shift attention on keeping people healthy at home. We hope to see you there.

We will continue to fight to protect and improve health care in Manitoba. If you have any concerns or have been impacted by the changes in services in your community, please contact myself or your local MLA.

You can reach me at 204-654-1857 or email Matt.Wiebe@yourmanitoba.ca