The NDP condemns the Pallister government for cancelling The Pas Primary Care Clinic and the Northern Consultation Clinic in Thompson, along with more than $1 billion in vital health centres across Manitoba.
“Families in The Pas and Thompson need improvements to primary health care plus greater access to specialists and these new clinics would have gone a long way to meeting their needs,” said Amanda Lathlin, the NDP MLA for The Pas. “Cancelling needed investments in primary health care not only hurts families; it’s short-sighted and foolish because these projects will only be more expensive to build in the future.”
Primary care is a front-line service and is often a person’s first contact with the health-care system, Lathlin said. The Northern Health region was only recently notified of the cancellations, despite the ongoing work in the communities to make the clinics a reality, Lathlin added.
“The people of The Pas and Thompson understand that the new clinics would provide important services and help with the long-term recruitment and retention of doctors and other health-care providers in their regions,” said Lathlin. “The current state of primary care in The Pas and Thompson demonstrates that these clinics needs to be built as planned. Instead, the Pallister government is recklessly cancelling the projects, along with many other important health projects across the province.”
Lathlin said she plans to work closely with the leadership of the Northern Health Region, communities and stakeholders to fight for reinstatement of these clinics. All residents of the Pas and Thompson are encouraged to let Premier Brian Pallister know what they think of the cancellations, Lathlin said. Pallister will be in The Pas on Feb. 15.