Many of the changes in healthcare surrounding the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority have included reduction or eliminations of programs and services, Including loss of services to tens of thousands of Winnipeggers.

All of these changes are prompted to cut spending, in efforts to lessen the anticipated $83 million deficit for the current fiscal year. The province brought down its April budget which included funding to the provinces network of regional health authorities. Over-all funding may have gone up, but it did not go up enough to meet the WRHA’s forecasted expenses.

The most recent cuts:

  1. Outpatient audiology program at HSC
  2. Outpatient occupational therapy and physiotherapy program at HSC
  3. Mature Women’s Health Center at Victoria General Hospital

Previous cuts in 2017:

-They’re in the process of closing 3 main emergency departments

  1. Victoria General Hospital
  2. Concordia Hospital
  3. Seven Oaks Hospital

-Closure of 4 out of 5 quick care clinics in Winnipeg located on

  1. Vermillion Rd.
  2. Portage Avenue
  3. Jefferson Avenue
  4. Dakota Street

-Cutting the 24-hour care at Misericordia urgent care center

-Several maternity wards are no longer providing postpartum feminine products

-The closure of 9 ambulance stations in Southwest Manitoba

  1. Oak Lake
  2. Hartney
  3. Wawanesa
  4. Shilo
  5. Baldur
  6. Cartwright
  7. Boissevain
  8. Reston
  9. Elkhorn

-Elimination of 132 WRHA management positions (73 being layoffs)

Tory government broke a campaign promise by not releasing the full KPMG audits, but shared with us the results of the WRHA. The main finding being that Manitoba’s healthcare system is overstaffed, and not just in the management positions. In a 2016 report from the CIHI it showed that Manitoba spends $7,120 per-capita on healthcare, while Newfoundland and Labrador spend $7,256, just ahead of Alberta at $6,995 and Saskatchewan $6,838.

Without the release of the full KPMG audits, we will never truly know if the WRHA is able to calculate the full affects of its spending cuts. It also makes it seem that the avenue they are taking is more focused on cost control and not a better health outcome.

Winnipeg Free Press