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Many members of our community have written and called me expressing their concerns over the imminent closure of the Corydon Primary Care Clinic.
They’ve told me how important it is to have access to health care close to home and are worried about how this closure will affect their families. This is part of a troubling trend of abrupt changes and closures to our healthcare system that are leaving people confused and concerned.
The Corydon Primary Care Clinic provides primary and specialized care to almost 5,000 patients a year, most of whom are seniors, people living with diabetes, and people with complex needs. Many patients live close by and have been coming to the clinic for years. With the closure, our neighbours will be asked to travel to the Access Fort Garry clinic nearly six kilometres away at Pembina Highway and Bishop Grandin Boulevard. What used to be a five- to 10-minute walk for many will now be out of reach, especially for those people with mobility issues or those unable to drive. In the winter and during construction season, it will be even less accessible.
The closure of the Corydon Primary Care Clinic, along with other health care facility closures like emergency rooms, QuickCare Clinics and the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre will make life harder for Manitoba families.
My colleagues and I are working everyday in the community and the Manitoba legislature to raise questions and bring awareness about the health care cuts that affect us all. We believe Manitobans deserve a strong, accessible and universal health care system that focuses on prevention and helping people stay healthy at home in their communities. We are calling on the government to reverse these closures and instead focus on investing more in community health care now.
I believe there is a better way to make our health care system more sustainable and make sure families have access care in their communities. In the New Year, I will be travelling to communities all over the province to consult Manitobans on our health care system. I would love to hear your thoughts on the impact these cuts have had and on health care services that matter to you and your family.
If you are interested in coming to a community consultation on health care, please contact my constituency office at 204-615-1922 or email@example.com for more information.
Fort Rouge constituency report.
Wab Kinew is the NDP MLA for Fort Rouge and leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party.