Over the past few years, the city has seen some changes in the health care system.
However, do all changes have a positive effect on hospital workers and patients? WRHA head admitted that changes are not always easy.
As Réal Cloutier, the head of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, said, employees are literarily mired in a valley of despair over the last several years. In his opinion, city officials should discuss how the closing of emergency rooms and the transformation of other facilities can improve patient care and create a better workplace.
He added that even if the changes are now perceived negatively, they will have a positive effect on future generations. Cloutier promised things will get better, for patients and for staff.
NDP Leader WabKinew stated that it seems unlikely that closing more emergency rooms and laying off more staff is going to help people working in the WRHA feel better and the overhaul will bring about a more efficient health-care system that works better for everyone.
Michelle Gawronsky, the president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union, said she is glad to hear that WRHA finally admitted that all the changes were very hard for people.
Cloutier’s letter did not satisfy the Manitoba Nursing Union, whose members deal with mandatory overtime and increased workload due to staff shortages.