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Analysis

Data Shows Wait Times at Manitoba Hospitals Have Gotten Longer Under Brian Pallister’s Watch

Manitoba already has the longest emergency room wait-times in Canada

August 9, 2019

How healthy is Manitobas health care system after the harsh austerity program implemented by Brian Pallisters Progressive Conservative government?

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information suggests patient care in the province has deteriorated under Pallister’s watch — and that’s before the Tories made headlines shutting down emergency rooms

Two years into his term, Manitoba already had among the longest ER wait times in the country before Pallister began closing busy Winnipeg emergency rooms.

But according to CIHI’s data, wait times for non-emergency procedures also spiked by 37% between the time Pallister came to office in 2016 and 2018. 

The data shows a number of common surgeries have spiked, as well.

In 2016, wait times for hip replacement surgeries in Manitoba met the national benchmark with half of patients treated within 136 days. Two years later in 2018, wait times increased to 186 days.

Knee replacement surgeries had a similar jump: in 2016, 50% of patients headed to the operating room within 160 days. By 2018, wait times increased to 230 days.

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Meanwhile, it was reported cardiac surgery wait times doubled at Winnipeg’s St. Boniface Hospital due to nursing and Intensive Care Unit bed shortages. 

Manitoba hospitals slashed their operating budgets under the direction of Pallister’s government. The CIHI reports expenditures fell 2.4% in 2017-2018, with nearly all departments including the ICU and Operating Room departments impacted by cuts.

CIHI’s president’s report notes Manitoba’s wait times are cause for significant concern, particularly in Winnipeg.

The report notes Winnipeg Regional Health Authority emergency department wait times were “some of the highest in the country over the past several years,” adding that “long ED wait times can lead to poor patient satisfaction and experiences, and may increase the risk of short-term mortality and hospital readmission.”

Wait times for Winnipeg’s emergency departments spiked from 1.35 median hours in October 2017 to 1.88 median hours as of June 2019, according to the city’s Regional Health Authority.

The Concordia and Seven Oaks emergency departments closed in 2019, switching to urgent care centres less equipped to deal with life or death situations, as part of the Pallister government’s health care overhaul.

 

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Foodora is Pushing Anti-Union Propaganda to Gig Economy Workers Through Its Mobile App, Labour Board Told

Canadian Union of Postal Workers files complaint accusing Foodora of using anti-union push notifications to ‘intimidate’ workers

August 8, 2019

As digital technology offers customers new ways to order food from their favourite restaurants, the same technology may also be offering big business new ways to intimidate struggling gig economy workers out of unionizing.

Ontario food couriers working for Foodora will vote this week on unionizing with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers — but the union complains that the company is using 21st century union-busting tactics to disrupt the certification vote.

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