A Timeline of Health Care Cuts and Changes
- The government announces the purchase of 65 new ambulances in an effort to modernize fleet.
- The government and Bell will be partnering to provide $1 million over 5 years to 'Strongest Families Institute' (SFI).
- New MRI in Dauphin, MB now operational.
- Government promises money to hire 2 pilots for Lifeflight and repair two planes.
- The province announce new beds and mobile units to combat the growing meth crisis. The funding of $4.2 million will be matched by federal dollars. The estimated increase in beds total 130.
- Emergency room wait times have increased in Winnipeg a year after the Pallister government closed the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre and converted Victoria Hospital’s ER into an urgent care centre.
- The government puts $3.5 million into increasing the number of hip and knee replacements and cataract surgeries, no plans to increase staff or technical support.
- The number of recreational therapist positions in the personal care home units at Deer Lodge Centre will be slashed in half starting in January.
- Province opens its fifth RAAM clinic in Selkirk, which is open one day a week for 3 hours severely preventing the ability of addicts to access.
- A series of staffing reductions and a cut to recreation therapy at Deer Lodge will occur at the long-term care centre, a direct result to reduced Veterans affairs funding and the provincially mandated budget cuts.
- Government invests $3.8 million into St.Boniface Neonatal unit, MNU highlights this only covers minimum baseline staffing and doesn't consider the growing demand on the unit.
- St.Boniface Neonatal nurse sounds overtime alarm and the risks to patient care.
- Request for Proposal goes out for a new residential addicitions facility opens door for further privatization.
- The Flin Flon General Hospital will be temporarily suspending obstetrical delivery services due to gaps in services.
- The provincial government will conduct a value-for-money audit of CancerCareMB, the report will not be released to the public and was only learned through a Freedom of Information Request.
- The Doctors of Lifeflight speak out against the potential privatization of the invaluable public service, say they will resign en masse if privatized.
- Minister Friesen maintains health care cuts are not just about saving money highlights a new communications strategy to help Manitobans understand the changes to health care.
- Greyhound stops operations in Manitoba severely hindering access to care for Northern and Rural Manitobans.
- The call for a plan to tackle the meth crisis hit a new high, the government applied for funding from feds and lack of access to Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM).
- Hours of service reduced in Ste.Anne due to physican shortage.
- Neonatal St.Boniface nurses say patient safety at risk due to mandatory overtime hours.
- Manitobans face obstacles to access medical and surgical abortions more funded needed.
- Deer Lodge Centre advises of staff reductions involving messengers, health care aides, rehab aides, the volunteer coordinator, personal care unit clerks and the nurse case manager in the day hospital.
- The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's budget was scrutinized over $36 million in impending cuts to health care.
- 1,200 promised new personal care homes delayed.
Changes to ambulance service to cut costs, city maintains service level will not be impacted.
- Advanced care paramedics in a rural Manitoba health region will no longer be allowed to offer certain procedures because of a shift to intermediate-care practice. It is maintained the change is temporary however, no reinstatement date has been given.
- WRHA announces it will consolidate the mental health program at Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital by the end of 2018. Its surgery program will also be consolidated primarily between Grace Hospital, Concordia, HSC and St. Boniface.
- Wait times are releaseed by WRHA, they are relatively unchanged from this time last year.
- Cameron Friesen is appointed the new Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.
- July wait times are released; majority of wait times up with slight decreases at HSC and St. Boniface Hospital.
- WRHA that requests the personal care homes create proposals to reduce their budgets by another 0.25% this year, matching a 0.25% cut last year. That means the next round of budget restrictions is set to cost that group more than $100,000 over two years
Provincial Government issues a request for proposals for private operation of the air service's Lifeflight air ambulance and general transport services.
The Special Drug Program (SDP) to transition onto Pharmacare. The move means people formerly on SDP will have to pay a deductible based on income for life-saving drugs
WRHA says it now only needs about 200 new beds a year between now and 2032. And has no plans to meet the nursing home requirements it says it needs to service an aging population and to implement recommendations from a provincial inquest.
- WRHA eliminates the Vascular Access Team — a group of about 20 nurses who start and maintain IVs at the HSC — in response to provincial direction to cut costs in health care.
- St. Boniface Hospital left with nearly 100 empty clerk and health-care aide jobs following the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s labour adjustment strategy.
- Personal Care Homes funding cut - $1 million
- Province freezes funding to the City of Winnipeg of Winnipeg for Ambulance services
- Misericordia Hospital closes
- Premier Pallister announces no health care premium in first term
- 40 nurses are laid off from Victoria Hospital as it converts into an Urgent Care Centre.
- Nurses at Winnipeg's Deer Lodge Centre have been told the equivalent of 15 full-time jobs will be cut from the long-term care and rehabilitation facility.
- Boissevain Health Centre and Westview Lodge in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, "disposable white, non-woven washcloths" are targeted for cost-cutting.
- Premier Pallister considers health care premium
- HSC restructures - eliminated health care aides and support staff positions
- The emergency room in Selkirk, Man., scales back the hours of additional doctors on duty as the health region attempts to cut $7 million in spending to balance its budget.
- Position deletion letters to be sent to 500 nurses.
- The WRHA announces that Misericordia Urgent Care Centre will be closed overnight starting July 5, 2017 despite officials stating it would not shut down until October 2017
- The WRHA announces that four out of the five remaining QuickCare Clinics in Winnipeg will close bt the end of January 2018
- The Mature Women's Centre at Victoria General Hospital will close October 2017
- Adult physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the hospital is eliminated
- The Corydon Primary Care Clinic will close
- Some fees for long-term care patients are increased
- The WRHA cuts the position of Regional Director for occupational therapy
- The WRHA cuts two lactation consultants positions at the Women's Hospital
- Capped dispensing fees for pharmacare and a limit placed on claims for compund drugs
- The WRHA cuts two recreation therapist positions at Health Sciences Centre (HSC)
- The WRHA cuts two audiologists at HSC
- The WRHA cuts two clinical nurse specialists from HSC's burn and trauma units
- The WRHA cuts fifteen nurses from HSC who monitor and perform intravenous insertions
- Provincial Government changes how Manitoba health covers the preparation of some prescription medications by imposing a cap on pharmacy dispensing fees. Some patients reported an additional cost of approximately $1,500 a month to have medicine liquidized in order to take it. The total cut amounted to $11 million a year.
- Provincial Government outsources private home care companies to provice services as part of their 'Healing our Health Care System' plan.
- Provincial Government cuts $4.8 million from chiropractic care resulting in 5 fewer visits and coverage per visit reduced by $4.00
- 197 health care jobs are cut to comply with management reductions
- WRHA cut 132 positions
- Prairie Mountain Health cut 24
- Southern Health-Sante Sud cut 19
- Interlake-Eastern cut 19
- NRHA cut 7
- CancerCare cut 7
- Diagnostic Services Manitoba cut 7
- Addictions Foundation of Manitoba cut 1
- Provincial Government cuts Pharmacare coverage for blood glucose test strips for Manitobans with Type 1 Diabetes
- Provincial Government announces that 23 rural EMS stations will close affected communities such as Oak Lake (60km outside Brandon) voicing concerns about the cut.
- After more than 25 years, Salem Home in Winkler is ends its Adult Day programming as Provincial cutbacks continue to hit Southern Health. The Adult Day Program offered recreation activities and congregate meal services for seniors in the community.
- Provincial Government cancels a subsidy that offers affordable airfare to escorts of Northern Manitoban patients who fly to Winnipeg for medical appointments - $1 million
- The Health Minister announces with the WRHA that the emergency rooms at Concordia Hospital, Victoria General Hospital and Seven Oaks Hospital
- The Urgent Care Centre at the Misericordia will also close.
- Provincial Government cancels program to bring more doctors to rural Manitoba, making it more difficult toattract and retain physicians in rural communities - $4.2 million
- The Health Minister announces budget cuts for Regional Health Authorities in 2017/18.
- The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's (WRHA) budget is cut by $83 million (5%)
- The Northern Regional Health Authority's (NRHA) budget is cut by $6 million
- Prairie Mountain Health's budget is cut by $17.5 million (3%)
- Southern Health - Sante Sud's budget is cut by $11 million
- Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority is cut by $8 million
- The Provincial Government issues orders to Regional Health Authorities and Health Agencies to cut 15% (90 jobs) of management positions in 2017/18.
- WRHA Hospital Home Team program is cut
- MRI for Dauphin put on hold
- The Provincial Government cuts public health care to international students total cost $3 million.
- Premier Pallister cancels over $1 billion in health care infrastructure projects.
- Cancelled projects include:
- A new facility for CancerCare Manitoba - $300 million
- A personal care home in Lac Du Bonnet - $32 million
- St. Vital primary care ACCESS clinic - $4.7 million
- The Pas primary care clinic - $3.5 million
- A new facility for Pan Am Clinic
- Concordia Wellness Centre
- An international centre for dignity and pallative care
- The Health Minister announces that the St.Boniface Quick Care Clinic on St.Mary's will close.
- Manitoba Home Care Program name changes raises concerns about privatization
- The Health Minister opens the door for private MRI's
- Manitoba releases report, 'The Future of Home Care Services in Manitoba'
- The Health Minister advises Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President that $650,000 used by MMF to employ 5 health staffers will be cut.
- Manitoba considering private MRI's