President’s update on WRHA Phase 2 changes to Mental Health and Surgery
We are nearing the end of summer and I wanted to update our members specifically about what is happening with the Phase II WRHA changes.
Many of you will be aware that the Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) has shared some information with their members regarding the impacts of changes to the Surgery and Mental Health Programs at Seven Oaks General Hospital. This information would have been shared with MNU through a letter called the Employment Security Notice.
MAHCP has not yet received any Employment Security Notice letter from the Employer so we do not have the same level of information to share at this moment.
We do know that the Mental Health changes are expected in early December with the Surgery related changes happening in early to mid-January. There will be impacts on our members and we expect to receive an Employment Security Notice relatively soon.
Once that happens, we will be sharing that information with members.
The Employment Security Notice is required by Memorandum of Understanding #1 of the Collective Agreement. This begins a period where the Employer and MAHCP will meet to determine the labour adjustment strategy for any members or group of members impacted by changes in the delivery of Health Care services.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen told media that doctors will also be subject to Bill 28, the Pallister government's wage capping bill, that MAHCP and other unions are fighting in court. Here's an excerpt:
A four-year contract between the province and Doctors Manitoba, the physicians' bargaining agent, is set to expire March 31.
Friesen told the Free Press Tuesday doctors will be expected to abide by a government policy that all public-sector workers undergo pay freezes for two years, followed by increases no greater than 0.75 per cent in the third year and one per cent in Year 4 of any collective agreement.
The legislative assembly passed Bill 28 to implement the government's public-sector pay regime in 2017. Doctors were included within the provisions of the bill. But the Progressive Conservatives have yet to proclaim it, so it is not yet law.
A coalition of 25 labour unions — not including Doctors Manitoba — is fighting the bill in the courts. A hearing is set to begin in November.
Manitoba's nearly 3,000 doctors will have to do their part to help the province overcome a stubbornly high operating deficit, Health Minister Cameron Friesen says. A four-year contract between the pro...
MAHCP's own Michael Kleiman has been chosen as the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel's honouree, and he's challenging all MAHCP members to donate to this event for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Right now we're the top fundraising team! Please see this link for more information:
Nurses at the hemodialysis unit at St. Boniface Hospital have penned a letter voicing concerns over what they are calling a “very unsafe” situation for both patients and nurses.
The letter, which the provincial opposition NDP supplied the media with on Tuesday, says nurses in the hemodialysis unit are being required to be on call at in the peritoneal dialysis unit “for which we have little to no formal training or experience.”
“We have repeatedly asked our manager and director for a meeting to allow us to discuss our concerns and to come to a consensus for a way to move forward in this situation,” the letter, signed by 37 nurses, said. “Up to this point, those requests have been ignored.”