Manitoba NDP Promise Same Day Care Close to Home with Expanded Hours

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 Treaty 1 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg MB Today Wab Kinew stood outside The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic on Corydon Avenue to announce his plan to open five new Neighborhood Illness and Injury clinics.  

“When your kid needs stitches or your aging parent has a broken wrist, a crowded ER shouldn’t be your only option,” said Kinew.  “Instead of working against health care professionals, we’ll work with them by building on a model that already works.  Our plan to open Neighbourhood Illness and Injury means families can get quality care close to home without the wait.” 

Clinics like The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic reduce pressure on ER’s and reduce overall costs to the health care system by accepting lower acuity patients for single visits.  These clinics provide families with an after-hours option for minor injuries and illnesses like a broken bone, minor cut or strep throat.  You can book an appointment on-line and be seen within a 20-minute window of your appointment time. 

We are in favour of plans that will improve our health care system, and giving families more options for lower-acuity health challenges is certainly a step in the right direction,” said Dr. Erik Smith, a doctor at the Corydon Clinic.  “The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic was designed to provide timely and efficient care to our patients and hopefully prevent people from needing to attend an ER.  We believe that these clinics are an important part of fixing health care in Manitoba.” 

A Manitoba NDP government will support five new Neighborhood Illness and Injury Clinics. These clinics will be staffed with a team of ER doctors, nurses and technologists.  The clinics will be open for extended hours and offer same-day appointments through on-line booking.  A Manitoba NDP government will offer incentives to health care staff to open these clinics with expanded hours in the neighborhoods where they are needed most.