MAHCP President’s message on OT & PT changes that WRHA announced today
Today the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority released more information regarding changes to health delivery in our province.
Some of these changes are going to have a significant impact on our members.
The release indicates that adult outpatient Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy will be moved out of hospital and into private practice (ie: privatization). This will be an enormous hardship on Manitobans who rely on these outpatient services. The release makes no mention of the Professionals who provide these services and how they will be individually affected.
At a meeting with WRHA officials and other unions this morning, I asked the question regarding the continuing lack of a labour adjustment plan for workers in the Professional/Technical/Paramedical sector. We still do not know the overall impact on EFTs within the system.
MAHCP’s commitment is to continue to press for this information and to ensure that each member is treated within the scope of the collective agreement and as professionals dedicated to their patients.
To that end, we are arranging a meeting within the next few days with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services to specifically discuss these changes and what it means precisely for those members affected.
I know that there will be many, many questions about this announcement. More information will follow as we continue to receive it.