Town Hall to Air Concerns of Families Affected by Concordia ER Cut and other Health-care Cuts in Northeast Winnipeg

Families in northeast Winnipeg will have a chance to voice their concerns over major cuts to health-care services at a town hall today at 6 p.m. at East Elmwood Community Centre in the multipurpose room (490 Keenleyside St).

Daniel Blaikie, NDP MP for Elmwood-Transcona, and Matt Wiebe, NDP MLA for Concordia will ensure the voices of families in the community are heard by the provincial and federal governments.

"Last year, close to 30,000 people received needed care at the Concordia Hospital emergency room," said Blaikie. "To simply close the ER without any discussion or replacement services is a slap in the face to northeast Winnipeg."

“So far, no one in the provincial government has taken the time to talk with the families who rely on the health-care services in this community,” Wiebe said. “It’s time to give families a chance to voice their concerns and hold the Pallister government to task for ignoring their very real needs.”

The closure of the Concordia Hospital ER comes on the heels of other cuts to northeast Winnipeg health services, including:

  • Cancelling the Concordia Wellness Centre;
  • Cancelling the Park Manor Personal Care Home expansion;
  • Cancelling the Concordia Hospital Home Team;
  • Closing the closest Quick Care Clinic to northeast Winnipeg; and
  • Cancelling Quick Care Clinics promised by the previous government for Transcona and East Kildonan.

"I've been getting phone calls hourly on the issue; constituents telling me their stories on how the hospital's ER helped them and their family and others telling me the value in the peace of mind they get by knowing there is an ER close by in case of emergency,” Wiebe said. “Frontline health-care workers have also been speaking to me about their fears of an uncertain future. The message I am getting is clear: health care is sacred to Manitobans, it isn't something you toy around with."