Manitoba NDP upset over closure of IV clinic in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba NDP says a community IV clinic in Transcona will be closed by the Manitoba government next week with little notice.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew, along with Elmwood-Transcona MP Daniel Blaikie, made the announcement on Friday outside of the Transcona ACCESS Centre, where they said the community IV clinic will be closing on Monday.

“We’re here to essentially say that enough is enough,” Blaikie said. “People in northeast Winnipeg deserve to have care close to home.”

“What we’ve seen from the Conservatives is a lot of closures in health-care, a lot of cuts, that are damaging northeast Winnipeg,” Kinew said.

The clinic provides antibiotic therapy for patients who have an infection or need more care, but are well enough to be discharged from hospital.

Kinew said it is the latest cut to health-care in northeast Winnipeg, citing the emergency room at Concordia Hospital, the local CancerCare clinic, and several Dynacare diagnostic labs being closed.

“During the pandemic, is this really the time to be closing more health-care facilities in northeast Winnipeg,” Kinew said, adding he is calling on the government to reverse the closure.

CTV News has reached out to the Manitoba government and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for more information.

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