‘We won’t go back’: Manitoba to proceed with Seven Oaks Hospital transition

A new report on Manitoba’s health care system says overall confidence and morale is declining among Winnipeg nurses.The author of the report, hired by the province as a private consultant, is Dr. David Peachy.He was asked to review changes made so far to Winnipeg’s hospitals as part of phase two of the Pallister government’s health care overhaul.Story continues below

READ MORE: New ‘clinical services plan’ streamlines healthcare, says Manitoba governmentPeachy says the conversion of Seven Oaks Hospital’s Emergency room to an Urgent Care Centre, which is scheduled for September, should be paused immediately.“I personally would like to see the Seven Oaks changes delayed. I would like to see them put a pause on this entire transformation to stop and sort out the issues we have,” says Darlene Jackson, president of the Manitoba Nurses Union.Despite the report, Manitoba’s health minister, Cameron Friesen, says the changes at Seven Oaks will proceed as planned.READ MORE: WRHA reports $420,000 surplus after healthcare overhaul“They said that we should go back and unwind everything. We won’t go back,” said Friesen at a news conference on Monday.WATCH: Transcona residents ‘relieved’ over health care transformation at Concordia Hospital