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Thursday, September 7, 2023 | Treaty 1 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg MB - Today NDP Leader Wab Kinew stood with nurses to announce his commitment to improve working conditions and offer better work-life balance for all Manitoba nurses.
“Our first priority in health care is to fix the staffing crisis,” said Kinew. “Health care does not work without nurses. But for the last seven years Heather Stefanson has treated nurses terribly. Stefanson’s cuts have burnt nurses out and driven them out of the profession and ignored the role nurse practitioners can play. We will respect, recruit and retain nurses by improving their workplaces and working with them to make health care better for everyone in Manitoba.”
The Manitoba NDP’s plan will create safer and more supportive workplaces that keep nurses in the public system and improve opportunities for advanced training and continuing education. The plan includes:
- Collaborating with nurses to develop a phased approach to keeping nurses in the public system and bringing back nurses that left under Heather Stefanson.
- Collaborating with nurses and community groups to develop a concrete plan to get Internationally Educated Nurses transitioned into nursing careers.
- Working with educational institutions to create a fast-track ladder from LPN to BN.
- Expanding the retention incentives to include all nurses who were excluded by Heather Stefanson’s PCs.
- Developing a plan to end mandatory overtime for nurses and work to implement better nurse-patient ratios.
Darlene Jackson, President of the MNU, endorsed the NDP’s plan to improve nursing in Manitoba. “One of the main drivers pushing nurses out of the public health system is the inability for them to control their work life,” she said. “Another is not fairly incentivizing all nurses to stay in the public system. By working to remove barriers, patients win. MNU has long advocated to utilize NPs more effectively. This plan, along with meaningful input from Manitoba’s frontline nurses is something we would absolutely welcome.”
Will Start with Victoria ER to Meet the Needs of Growing South Winnipeg
Treaty 1 and Dakota Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg MB – Today Wab Kinew stood with members of his team and Dr. Eric Jacobsohn to announce his plan to build three new emergency rooms in Winnipeg to replace the ERs Brian Pallister and Heather Stefanson closed. Kinew also committed to building a new ER in Eriksdale to improve health care for families in rural Manitoba.
“The biggest mistake Heather Stefanson made in health care was to close three ERs in Winnipeg,” said Kinew. “She cut health care, but we will build it, so families get better health care close to home. When Manitobans mark their ballot on October 3rd, they can vote for better health care.”
Today’s announcement builds on the Manitoba NDP’s commitment to fix the health care staffing crisis with a $500 million investment in recruitment and retention.
Kinew said his party would start by building a new ER at the Victoria hospital to meet the needs of the growing population in South Winnipeg.
The Manitoba NDP’s plan was supported by Dr. Eric Jacobsohn, internist, anesthesiologist and head of research and the Health Science Centre and Dr. Brian Postl, former CEO of the WRHA and former Dean of the Max Rady College of Medicine.
“In the last 7 years, I have witnessed an inexorable deterioration in access to medical care for Manitobans,” said Dr. Jacobsohn. “This has resulted in unconscionable delays in receiving care, and poor health outcomes. It is a well-known fact that a lack of access to medical care manifests by increasing use of emergency departments. Wab Kinew and his team have sought input and council about the status of emergency care in Winnipeg, and have correctly decided that the urgent care centres at Victoria, Seven Oaks and Concordia need to be upgraded to full emergency departments”
“Emergency care in Manitoba has suffered since the provincial government under Brian Pallister and Heather Stefanson made the decision to close emergency rooms at Concordia, Seven Oaks and the Victoria hospitals,” said Dr. Postl. “We need a plan to bring better emergency care to our communities. Wab Kinew has laid out his plans to recruit and retain more staff, and with that foundation reopening the three ERs in Winnipeg is something we can and must do. This is a responsible plan that will result in better health care closer to home.”