When Seven Oaks and Victoria general hospital became Urgent Care Centers instead of emergency departments, the plan was to bring wait times down, with more specialized care at those facilities. It is no surprise that patient health and safety has been placed at risk by the provincial government’s hospital reforms.
Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, said while the plan was to have Victoria care for patients that were less ill than those in acute care hospitals, it’s still dealing with very sick patients.
Meanwhile, health-care aide staffing levels at the Winnipeg facility have been lowered to account for the fact it no longer has acute care beds, she said. Those beds were transferred to Grace Hospital.
Where at one time, a health-care aide at Victoria looked after 10 patients, they now care for 15, Gawronsky said.