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New stats show the NDP's hard left-wing health decree increased suffering

New Premier Wab Kinew has condemned hundreds of Manitobans to months of agony by imposing his hard-left policy on hip and knee surgery patients, according to wait list data released last week.

The explosive details have not been reported anywhere except for a single opinion piece in the Winnipeg Free Press, demonstrating how far the mainstream media will go to protect the premier from criticism.

The data shows that in the first six months of the NDP in power, there were 263 fewer hip-and-knee surgeries in Manitoba compared to the last six months of the Conservative Party. And that's in addition to hundreds of hip-and-knee surgeries that could have been done if the NDP hadn't banned sending patients to private clinics in the U.S. or other provinces.

To make matters worse, the median wait time for surgery in Manitoba jumped from six-and-a-half months to eight months.  The government explains that the median wait means that the half of patients on the wait list--those who have already had their surgery--- waited less than 8 months, while those still on the list will wait eight months or longer for surgery in Manitoba.

When challenged about the impact of the ban on out-of-province surgeries, the NDP declared the program had been too expensive.

According to freedom-of-information published by the Winnipeg Free Press in defence of the NDP,  the Manitoba government spent 

- $18.8 million on 274 procedures in its first full year of operation, 

- $17.5 million on 492 procedures in eight months of its second year (up to November, 2023 when the NDP kiboshed the program).

Kinew can't exactly cry poverty for the cancellation. 

In his first budget he plans on spending $20 million dollars (that's MILLION) in one year to dig a hole in a garbage dump.

And that's just for "initial costs such as equipment and building a search facility. The actual Big Dig is estimated to cost almost $200 million over three years!

When the out-of-province surgery program was ditched, NDP Health Minister Uzoma Asagwara was joyful at being able to stick it to private clinics and expand surgical capacity in Manitoba.  

No reporter has asked her about the disastrous effect of the ban on out-of-province procedures, especially not NDP cheerleader Tom Brodbeck, the only one to write of the new data.

Brodbeck managed to field a 31-paragraph opinion piece, but it wasn't until halfway through---paragraph 15---that he asked the obvious about the NDP's failed left-wing policy...

"The only explanation for doing so is the Kinew government is ideologically opposed to out-of-province surgeries...As a result, it’s prepared to put its ideological beliefs ahead of patient care."

Duh, ya think, Tom?

"The Kinew government should acknowledge that in its haste to dismantle the task force, it erred in eliminating out-of-province surgeries. That option should be reinstated to provide at least a small number of Manitobans with quicker access to surgery and to help bring down wait times for those having their procedures done at home.

That would be the right and humane thing to do."

When even your biggest cheerleaders call your policies inhumane, you've got a problem.

Which brings us to Carberry, Manitoba.

This week with great hoopla Wab Kinew announced the great news that he had fulfilled a campaign promise and personal pledge to the mayor of Carberry to re-open the town's ER.

There was cheers, applause, grins all around. The only things missing were fireworks, a parade and a statue of Kinew.

But, as they say, the devil is in the details. So we took a deep dive into the details.

While some news stories gave the impression that Carberry had hired three new doctors for its ER, the fact is that three family doctors in personal practice in Brandon and Virden will be working rotating shifts in the ER, and caring for patients in the 36-bed long-term care facility.

One has a specialty in urology, another obstetrics and the third is a GP. The ER will be open 12 hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The newbies will work 2 week stints according to a post by one of the doctors.

The arrangement is temporary. Prairie Mountain CEO Treena Slate has said Carberry hopes to get a permanent doctor by the fall.

Carberry town council at its April 9 meeting explained other plans for the ER.

"The next step is to bring in an Internationally Educated Health Professional (IEHP) serve as a clinical assistant to the E.R. doctors while he upgrades his qualifications to Manitoba standards. In addition, PMH and Shared Health will be filling out the support staff roles the presence of an E.R. requires."

Conspicuously missing from this week's announcement was any mention of newly hired support staff, which begs the obvious question about the jerry-rigged arrangement: is the Carberry ER operating as a true ER? Or was it all an elaborate photo op for Wab Kinew?

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