MNU President Sandi Mowat Responds to WRHA’s ER Wait Time Claims

Publish date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MNU President

Put Patients First

Regional Health Authorities

The WRHA’s claims once again simply do not reflect the experience of nurses on the front lines of our health care system, who continue to express serious concerns about the ongoing health care changes and cuts.

We have been hearing for months that patient volumes have increased beyond the WRHA’s anticipated levels, emergency rooms are frequently crowded, and nurses are stretched thin. At St. Boniface nurses are still working unprecedented levels of mandatory overtime that began after the changes were implemented.

It’s misleading to claim that monthly wait time increases since October are due to the flu rather than the implementation of Phase I. It’s time for the WRHA and the provincial government to acknowledge that their changes are not working as planned.

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