ER closures expected as doctors worry about health care in rural and northern Manitoba – Winnipeg
A new tool has launched for those who need to access health care in rural and northern Manitoba this summer, with emergency room closures and reduced hours expected.
Of 68 hospitals and health centers in these areas, 18 emergency rooms are not expected to reopen this summer after being closed for more than a year, while 34 will be open part-time with reduced hours or temporary suspensions.
“In all my years of practicing medicine in rural Manitoba, I have never seen so many emergency rooms closed or only open part-time,” says Dr. David Cram of Souris.
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The RuralCare.ca website will give these Manitobans advice on how to plan ahead, advice on what to do in the event of a medical emergency and the expected status of emergencies this summer at all hospitals. rural and northern.
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“There are hundreds of physicians all working to provide high quality care because we are deeply committed to the rural and northern communities we serve,” said Neepawa physician Dr. Nichelle Desilets. “But severe staffing shortages are making it difficult to maintain services in many hospitals at this time.”
Shared Health says COVID-19 has exacerbated what were already longstanding staffing issues in rural areas and a spokesperson said 17 of those emergencies had service suspensions dating back at least a decade.
“Maintaining access to health services for Manitobans who need urgent or urgent care is a top priority for all health regions.
As part of Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan, efforts are underway across the province to support reliable hours and levels of service for emergency departments and urgent care centers serving Manitoba communities. .
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