"This is another example of the Minister and the WRHA moving too far, too fast, and putting patients and frontline health care workers at risk in the process.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Winnipeg (17 Aug. 2017) — On August 15, Manitoba's Minister of Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority outlined how nurses will be impacted by the ongoing changes to Winnipeg’s health care system. The WRHA told media that there will be a job for every nurse and that there will be work elsewhere in the system for nurses who are without a position during the transition.
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The Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU/NUPGE) is very concerned that other members of the health care team are not be treated similarly. The WRHA has been telling MGEU/NUPGE members of the health care team something very different:
- ·Members have been told there will be significant net layoffs at Victoria General Hospital.
- Members have been told that, even for those who will have a job in the end, many will be without work for a year or more while the Victoria Hospital is renovated.
- ·Members have also been told that there will be more part-time jobs and fewer full-time jobs.
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The Minister and the WRHA have not yet lived up to the commitment they made in April that there will be jobs for all frontline staff in the WRHA.
“Why are nurses being given job security assurances and not others who also play a critical role in delivering health care? We think all members of the health care team should be treated fairly,” said Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President, in media interviews.
MGEU/NUPGE is also concerned about how patient care and frontline staff will be affected by the dramatic disruption and chaos being inflicted on our health care system by the WRHA and the Minister of Health.
“We are particularly concerned by the news that some Victoria General Hospital programs will be out of operation for a year while renovations are under way,” said Gawronsky. “This is another example of the Minister and the WRHA moving too far, too fast, and putting patients and frontline health care workers at risk in the process.”
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. ~ NUPGE