Manitoba Nurses Denounce Indefinite Suspension of Flin Flon Operating Room Services

Publish date: Monday, April 27, 2020

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The indefinite suspension of Operating Room services at Flin Flon General Hospital (FFGH) is a deeply concerning decision that risks adversely impacting the health and well-being of northern Manitobans, MNU President Darlene Jackson announced today.

"Last week, MNU was advised that Operating Room services at FFGH have been suspended indefinitely," said Jackson. "This misguided decision leaves the community without local access to an essential health care service, and raises many unanswered questions about the rationale for the decision."

Over the past several months, MNU has received repeated assurances from the employer that there were no plans to close the Flin Flon Operating Room. However, after the sudden and unexplained departure of two resident doctors, the employer changed course and issued the minimum required 90 day employment security notice with no additional warning or consultation with staff. 

The fact that employment security processes are now underway for affected nurses strongly suggests that the suspension of services is likely to be permanent. MNU is calling on the government to clarify this matter immediately, and provide an explanation to staff and the community.

Although the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) provided notice of the decision, few questions have been answered, including if this is part of Shared Health's Clinical and Preventive Services Plan (CPSP).

"Nurses are concerned about the impacts this will have on the community, and they deserve to know if the suspension of services is in fact permanent," said Jackson. "Whether this is a matter of short staffing, costs, or the first stages of their rural health care transformation, the government should be upfront with Manitobans and explain why this decision was made."

MNU represents over 12,000 nurses of all designations from across Manitoba.

Click here for a copy of the Employment Security Notice issued to MNU.

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