Concordia ER Downgrade Shows Government Continues to Ignore Healthcare Workers

WINNIPEG – May 16, 2019. Manitoba’s provincial government announced the Concordia Hospital ER will be downgraded to a 24-hour urgent care facility; they plan to implement this change over the next six weeks.

CEO and business manager of OE987 Marc Lafond stated, “We have members at Concordia Hospital who could be affected by this closure. The amount of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty healthcare workers have been through, and continue to be put through by this government is unacceptable. I attended the Save the Concordia ER rally last week with hundreds of community members and Concordia employees who called for the continuation of emergency services in the north east. This government continues to ignore and misrepresent frontline healthcare workers.”

OE987 has actively campaigned against the closure of the Concordia ER through distribution of “Save the Concordia ER” lawn signs in northeast Winnipeg and attending events such as last weeks’ rally, and the Manitoba Nurses Union Put Patients First rally.