Manitoba Liberal Health Critic Dr. Jon Gerrard held a health care discussion in Flin Flon last night. He said they want to hear personal stories about what is and is not working in the provinces health care system that he will take back to the legislature when it opens March 7th. He says they will put this together in a report and it’s going to be very helpful in terms of what he’s learned and helpful to him to well represent people in Flin Flon as well as other areas of Manitoba.
Those attending told him what’s working includes the breast screening program. services at the Primary Health Care Center, telehealth which should be used more, some aspects of the Northern Patient Transportation Program, and the past Nurse Practitioners Program and what’s not working includes the need to go to The Pas to have a baby when the obstetrician isn’t here, the Manitoba and Saskatchewan health systems don’t communicate, long waits for appointments due to a shortage of doctors, surgeons and specialists and no walk in clinic resulting in the increased use of the emergency room. Gerrard said in 2016-17 the government did not spend 115 million dollars that was in the health budget so we can afford better health care.