A series of memos obtained by the NDP show how little warning employees were given at Misericordia hospital about closing and restructuring Winnipegs’ emergency and urgent care centers.

David Peachey issued a 233 page report making recommendations to transition ER’s into urgent care centers, but there was no mention of closing Misericordia’s urgent care. After Rosie Jacuzzi found this out.. not everything was peachy. They had just spent milions to move diagnostic imaging and a lab closer to urgent care. She also made concerned comments on the impact of programs that work as direct support to urgent care, and where the eye emergencies will go.

The Concordia MLA said it is another example of how the changes are being driven by the provincial mandate to find an annual $83 million in savings. It has been made very clear by many different senior hospital staff that the changes being made are not going to help meet a better patient care goal.

The WRHA’s interim president and CEO said the WRHA did not consult with Misericordia or the Grace Hospital because “the reality is nobody would want anything to change”. Instead they found out the same time the public did.

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