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This article was published 18/9/2020 (394 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The recent news of the impending closure of CancerCare outpatient services at Concordia and Seven Oaks Hospitals was a shock for many residents of North Winnipeg, including us here in Transcona.
It’s bad enough that our emergency departments were shuttered by the Pallister government, now more essential services are being moved further away from home.
I have heard from many constituents who are frustrated with this decision.
To quote a cancer patient I spoke to: "I am a patient and have been at Concordia CancerCare since July 2015. That means I have been battling this disease for over five years and, as a result, the Concordia CancerCare team has been a huge support for me.
"I have to ask; have you ever had to endure chemotherapy and get in a car to then drive home feeling sick? I have and I can tell you asking us to drive further is inhumane, but I guess, people don’t matter to this government, only pocketbooks."
This decision by the Pallister government seems to contradict CancerCare’s guiding principles. On its website, CancerCare prides itself on the fact that Manitoba patients can receive care close to home. It also states that a main part of its mission is to "reduce and where possible, eliminate the burden of cancer on the people of Manitoba."
Unfortunately, this goal and mission of CancerCare Manitoba has now been eliminated for patients who live in North Winnipeg. Most CancerCare patients from our constituency will be transferred to St. Boniface Hospital or the Health Sciences Centre. Patients will now also have to bear the burden of traveling further to access the care they need while they are unwell.
As a person who endured chemotherapy, one of the last things I wanted to do was deal with the logistics of driving and finding parking for my vehicle.
This decision was made to save money rather than serving the best interests of cancer patients in North Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. We will continue to call on the Pallister government to reverse this decision and maintain CancerCare outpatient services at both Seven Oaks and Concordia hospitals.
If you would like to contact us, our constituency office is located at 127 Regent Ave. West. Call us at 204-594-2025,or email email@example.com