Employee fired after allegedly creating fake ID badges, says Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

A male employee has been fired from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Regional Supply company after top brass accused him of creating an ID badge falsely identifying him as a doctor.The WRHA sent a memo Friday stating the man was fired Jan. 31.“The WRHA has reason to believe that he has created false ID badges (may include the WRHA Logo) which could falsely identify him as a Medical Director or Doctor.”Help us improve GlobalNews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowREAD MORE: Staffing set to change as WRHA continues health overhaulThe memo…

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Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says union discussions won’t impact patients

With discussions ongoing to reduce the number of bargaining units, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority tried to ease the fears of its biggest unions Tuesday.READ MORE: Syphilis rates quadruple in Winnipeg to 20-year high, says WRHALori Lamont, chief operating officer and VP of Nursing and Heath Professionals, says the organization want to reshape the unions for the better.Story continues below“Today we have 85 different bargaining units within the WRHA,” Lamont said. “The legislation will reshape that into seven. In those 85 agreements there is varying language so it means that…

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Sexually transmitted infections on the rise in Winnipeg, health authority says

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is sounding the alarm on sexually transmitted infections in the city, warning that cases of syphilis are on the rise.In 2018, the rate of syphilis in Winnipeg was four times higher than it was in 2017, according to the WRHA.Dr. Pierre Plourde, medical officer of health with the WRHA, said these rates are the highest he’s seen in 20 years.READ MORE: WRHA reports $420,000 surplus after healthcare overhaulStory continues below“We knew syphilis was on the increase, but this is unheard of,” said Plourde.The WRHA is…

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Babies sleeping on their backs has cut SIDS-related deaths in Manitoba in half, says expert

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare, but thanks to an awareness campaign that began the early ’90s, the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)-related deaths in Manitoba have been cut in half.The University of Manitoba’s Dr. Lynne Warda (department of Pediatrics and Child Health), also a consultant with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, told 680 CJOB Friday that there’s currently about one death a month from SIDS in the province.Story continues below“It’s down about 50 per cent from the early ’90s when the Back to Sleep campaign started,” said Warda.“In…

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Seasonal flu targeting children under 15 in Manitoba

The flu going around Manitoba this season appears to be targeting children under the age of 15, according to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.READ MORE: Manitoba hopes to avoid record-breaking flu outbreak this seasonMedical Officer of Health, Dr. Bunmi Fatoye said it’s due to the type of flu circulating — last seasons type of flu was targeting people over the age of 65.Story continues below“We’re seeing younger people affected,” she said. “Those who have tested positive have been under the age of 15 in Manitoba.”According to the latest numbers, 512…

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Manitoba Dental Association wants to open dental emergency room in Winnipeg

For many Manitobans, getting a terrible toothache can mean a trip to the hospital, but that could be changing if the Manitoba Dental Association has its way.Association president Dr. Cory Sul says too many people are ending up in hospital emergency rooms due to dental issues that could be solved with a trip to the dentist.He would like to see the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the province partner up to help patients and divert people from hospital emergency rooms.Story continues below“It costs about $625 for one patient to go into…

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Winnipeg man nearly misses life-saving surgery due to clerical error

December 12 2018 7:03pm Ian Le Clerc had surgery scheduled for next Monday at St. Boniface Hospital, but was told this week at his pre-operation appointment he was not on the list and he’d have to wait until the new year. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if (…

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Increases in communicable diseases linked to meth use, NDP call for action

Manitoba’s opposition party is raising the alarm after discovering a spike in communicable diseases tied to meth use.The NDP released information it obtained via freedom of information requests from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority indicating an “unprecedented” spike in blood borne diseases that were linked to meth use.Story continues belowThe party says the documents showed illnesses like HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B and C rose dramatically over the past year — including a recent outbreak of Hepatitis B “almost exclusively linked to injection drug use.”READ MORE: Prairie police chiefs, mayors plead…

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Staying in same hospital room with a man has Winnipeg woman speaking out

A Winnipeg woman is speaking out after she was placed in the same room as a male patient for an overnight stay at St. Boniface Hospital.The practice, which both the hospital and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) say is not uncommon, takes place when necessary “to ensure timely care for patients,” according to the local health authority.Story continues below“I went in one night for general abdominal surgery. I woke up, recovered, they rolled me into a room,” Brenda Jones said. “Then I heard a male voice, and I said…

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New ambulance routing part of transition at Concordia Hospital

Starting Dec. 10, city ambulances will begin routing high-need patients away from Concordia Hospital to other facilities in Winnipeg.The change is in preparation for phase two of the provincial healthcare restructuring plan, which will see the closure of the emergency room at Concordia Hospital.READ MORE: New Manitoba ‘health care blueprint’ laid out by the provinceStory continues below“These operational adjustments are part of the ongoing work required to transition the Concordia emergency department into a walk-in connected care clinic in the summer of 2019,” said the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Lori Lamont…

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