MLA Tom Lindsey told Health Minister Cameron Friesen in the Legislature mothers to be and families in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan are furious with the government’s decision to suspend births in Flin Flon. He said they should be able to deliver their babies close to where they live and where their families are, they shouldn’t have to travel long distances increasing risk and stress. He asked will this minister please reverse this decision and restore birth services at the Flin Flon General Hospital.
Friesen replied by explaining the member knows heroic efforts were made over the past number of years to be able to both retain and attract obstetric anesthesia service to Flin Flon adding when it became the case, medically determined, that it could not be done the decision was made by medical experts to direct those births to a more safe facility.
Lindsey added mothers don’t want the risk of giving birth on the side of a highway, birth certificates shouldn’t says highway number ten.