Health-care investments mean we can stop waiting


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Over the last two years, the global pandemic created challenges in the Canadian health-care system, including significant surgical and diagnostic backlogs across the country. These backlogs hurt Canadian families in every province in Canada. While this may not be unique to Manitoba, our government is taking strong action to address it.

Last month, I was proud to announce our government’s $50 million investment in the Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s $100 million Operation Excellence campaign. The campaign will help fund a six-year capital plan to increase HSC’s surgical and diagnostic capacity by 25 per cent per year over pre-pandemic levels.

Our investment in the Operation Excellence campaign has been praised by HSC Foundation president Jonathon Lyon as an “innovative and exciting plan that will have an almost immediate impact on the troubling surgical and diagnostic wait-list in Manitoba.”

Our contribution to Operation Excellence is just one part of our government’s plan to clear the backlog in surgical and diagnostic tests so that Manitobans can stop waiting and start living.

We have invested $110 million in our Surgical and Diagnostic Recovery task force, which has already achieved significant results. Since being established late last year, the task force has announced an expansion of Concordia Hospital’s orthopedic surgery program, an expansion of the Misericordia Hospital cataract program, and the establishment of a new mobile CT unit and two new mobile MRI units.

Our government is also building up more long-term capacity in our health-care system.

This year’s budget starts to invest the $30 million we have allocated to add 28 additional beds to our intensive care units. To help staff those units, we are investing $11.6 million to add 400 permanent nursing seats to Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions.

Our government is also investing $2.3 billion in health care capital projects, including $100 million for redevelopment of the St. Boniface Hospital emergency room, tripling the size of its ER. We are building new hospitals in Portage la Prairie and Neepawa, and we are expanding existing hospitals in communities across the province.

Our government is making historic investments in health care because we understand it is a top priority for Manitoba families. We will continue to take real action so Manitobans can stop waiting and start living.

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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