Changes to Manitoba's health-care system to be passed into law

Cameron Friesen Minister of Health Seniors and Active Living unveils The Regional Health Authorities Amendment Act Wednesday afternoon in the Manitoba Legislative building

Cameron Friesen Minister of Health Seniors and Active Living unveils The Regional Health Authorities Amendment Act Wednesday afternoon in the Manitoba Legislative building

Health Minister Cameron Friesen introduced Bill 10 in the Manitoba Legislature as the spring sitting began on Wednesday.

Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, unveils The Regional Health Authorities Amendment Act, Wednesday afternoon in the Manitoba Legislative building.

About 400 people from the various health authorities are working on the clinical services plan.

The changes aren't expected to dramatically impact the average person's healthcare experience immediately, but the province says patients should notice a more integrated approach when using services as the changes roll out over the next three to four years.

"Regardless of where you live, urban, suburban, rural, remote First Nation, you should be able to count on the fact that you know with confidence that planning is being done in a co-ordinated way, and then decisions are made about planning for the future in a co-ordinated way", he said.

Under the new act, operations at the Health Sciences Center and Selkirk Mental Health Centre would transfer to Shared Health, as would the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba in the next two years. The operations will be transferred to Shared Health over the next two years to run as an addictions and mental health program.

The province announced the plans to streamline its administration of health care last June, and this legislation will enshrine those changes in law. "We also have evidence that indicates Manitoba's health-care system is expensive compared to other jurisdictions".

Wab Kinew leader of the Manitoba NDP thinks the proposed changes would make the system less accountable and more prone to political interference from the premier

NDP leader Wab Kinew fears that the consolidation of services under the Shared Health umbrella will only mean more cuts to jobs in the health-care system.

Friesen said the focus of the changes isn't to slash jobs and isn't about saving money.

Provincial experts say this will help better plan things like how many knee surgeries will be needed across the province.

Friesen said the legislation will make it possible to hold health authorities to account for the services they provide. He was not specific as to what repercussions authorities may face if they fail to perform up to a particular standard, saying that is yet to be determined.

The 85-page bill, if passed, will amend 55 separate pieces of legislation.

A clinical and prevention services plan. It would also be responsible for negotiating with unions and developing a provincial health human resources plan.

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