Winnipeg, MB — St. Boniface NDP Candidate Blandine Tona, alongside NDP Leader Wab Kinew and Health Critic Andrew Swan, called for the building of a new Emergency Room at the St. Boniface Hospital, and pledged her support for training and hiring more nurses.
“The Pallister government’s deep cuts to our healthcare system, including closing three Winnipeg ERs, has caused chaos for front line workers, patients and families,” said Tona. “The NDP is the only party able to stand up to Pallister’s healthcare cuts - and we are saying loud and clear St.Boniface Hospital needs a new ER.”
The Government’s expert task force said a new Emergency Room is “urgently required” in December 2017, but the government has taken no action.
Tona also called for the restoration of the 50 seats cut from the nursing program at Red River College and a 20 seat increase at the School of Nursing at Université de Saint-Boniface. Tona also said she would advocate for 200 more nurses hired at St. Boniface Hospital.
Recent data revealed that St. Boniface nurses worked 799 mandatory overtime shifts from January to June of this year. Officials at St. Boniface Hospital called the situation “unacceptable and unsustainable”.
“As I’ve been speaking to my neighbours here in St. Boniface, one thing has become very clear: this by-election is about health care. St. Boniface families reject the Conservative plan to close ERs and the federal Liberal government’s funding cuts. Only the NDP will stand up for St. Boniface families and the quality healthcare they deserve,” said Tona.