Winnipeg Free Press: Phase 2 of WRHA's overhaul includes Concordia ER closure

Jun 01, 2018

The closure of Concordia Hospital’s emergency department and conversion of the Seven Oaks General Hospital’s ER into an urgent care centre next year will be part of Phase 2 of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s health care overhaul, it was announced Thursday.

"We’re very pleased with how Phase 1 has gone, we’re excited about Phase 2, and we’re excited about the end result that this is going to have for Manitoba patients," said Kelvin Goertzen, minister responsible for health, active living and seniors.

He later told reporters shaking up the health-care system is inevitable if there's to be improvements in Manitoba. 

"I hear the disruption and I take no pleasure in that, none at all. But I also know, you can’t change a system where there’s some 55,000 people without disruption. It’s just not possible," Goertzen said.

Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union, said patients and health-care workers "are still caught up in the chaos from the first round of health-care cuts, and instead of reversing those cuts, this government is surging ahead with new ones."

"The rosy report the government painted today on wait times and hospital stays is far different than what I’m hearing from front-line workers," she said. 

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