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The average wait for paramedics to pass control of a patient to a Winnipeg hospital emergency room was a record 78 minutes last year, up from 75 minutes in 2013.
Conservative health critic Myrna Driedger Thursday said the Selinger government has failed to correct the problem, despite repeated promises in recent years to do so.
"We’ve had years of commitment by three different ministers of health who unequivocally have said they’re working on it, they’re going to fix it. And it’s not fixed; it’s getting worse," Driedger said in releasing the results of a freedom of information request.
The City of Winnipeg fines the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority if paramedics wait more than an hour to pass control of a patient to a hospital ER.
In 2014, total fines reached a record $1,658,235, compared with $1,474,606 in 2013.
Earlier this week, citing city figures, the Free Press reported that fines through November of last year amounted to $1.44 million.
Kirkfield Park MLA Sharon Blady has been health minister since November. She succeeded Erin Selby, who held the post for just over a year. Before that, NDP leadership candidate Theresa Oswald was minister for more than seven years.