Pallister Government Breaks Promise to Release Review of Health-Care System: Wiebe

The Pallister government is hiding a review of the province’s health-care system it promised to make public and is running roughshod over the right of Manitobans to know what cuts and changes it’s planning, NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“The government has had this review of the health-care system in its hands for weeks, but Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen won’t allow Manitobans to know what’s in it or what their plans are,” Wiebe said. “Once again, Pallister and his minister are reneging on their promise to be transparent and accountable.”

Health Minister Must Overturn Ruling That put Heart Attack Patient on Hook for $118,000 Bill

Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen should overturn a ruling by his department that dismissed a heart attack patient’s request for help with his $118,000 medical bill from a U.S. hospital, NDP health critic Matt Wiebe said today.

“Through no fault of his own, Robin Milne was handed a huge medical bill after being sent from his home in Sprague to the U.S., where doctors saved his life,” Wiebe said. “The Pallister government should pay that bill and ensure that no other Manitobans face the same traumatic shock when fighting for their lives.”

NDP Introduces Bill to Fight Fentanyl Crisis By Restricting Possession of Pill Presses

The NDP today introduced a bill to help fight the fentanyl crisis by limiting the ownership and possession of pill presses.

“Manitobans are dying from fentanyl and carfentanil overdoses so it’s important that we do everything possible to stop the trafficking of these extremely dangerous drugs,” NDP Health Critic Matt Wiebe said today. “Pill presses are cheap and easy to obtain and dealers are using them to make pills laced with the deadly drugs.”

Pallister Government Must Ensure Essential Medicine Mifegymiso Is Accessible and Affordable for all Women: Fontaine

The Manitoba NDP urges the Pallister government to develop a dispensing and regulation plan for Mifegymiso and include it in the provincial Pharmacare plan to ensure that all women have easy access to it, MLA Nahanni Fontaine said today.

“Mifegymiso is listed by the World Health Organization as an ‘essential medicine’ and was approved by Health Canada in July,” Fontaine said. “When the abortion pill becomes available this month it will be too expensive and too difficult to obtain for many women unless the government ensures it is affordable and accessible.”