It has likely come as a huge surprise to Manitobans, and likewise to Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba (NPAM), with the announcements of Quick Care Clinic closures in Winnipeg and the reassignment of Corydon Community Health Clinic to an Access Centre, on top of recent emergency department changes & discontinuation of the Hospital-Home Team. NPAM believes that all Manitobans deserve access to the highest quality healthcare possible and that NP utilization plays a unique and valuable role in the delivery of such care. NP care is essential for positive health outcomes for all Manitobans. NPs are working throughout the system to support access to comprehensive care that values the whole person, focuses on wellness, and respects the individual’s role in collaborative healthcare decisions. NPs support Manitobans across the lifespan as they face episodic, chronic, and life-limiting conditions. It is our nursing background that lends to compassionate and holistic care while also blending in excellent medical knowledge and skill. While these are uncertain times for NPs and the patients we serve, NPAM is confident that NPs will have an ongoing role within the Manitoba healthcare system, even if it looks different from the current method of healthcare delivery. It is our belief that NP positions should be enhanced to further serve Manitobans where access to physicians and other allied health team members is limited. We are therefore eager to work with Manitoba Health and regional health authorities in healthcare transformation that supports advancing NP positions and improving health service access for all Manitobans.
While closure dates are not yet firm, Manitobans should remember that they can still access NPs through varied public (e.g. Access centres, McGregor Street Quick Care Clinic) and private (e.g. Timely Care Clinic) clinics. NPs also continue to provide healthcare services to numerous rural and remote communities across Manitoba where access to physicians and other allied health team members is limited, including Mobile Clinics (Interlake, Prairie Mountain, Southern Health RHAs), Quick Care Clinics (Steinbach, Selkirk) and various community primary care clinics. Please remember it is critical that Manitobans write members of government to reinforce the value of care they receive from NPs and the importance of accessible healthcare in their own communities and neighbourhoods. This is a government that says they listen to Manitobans, so now is the time to tell them what you need! NPAM is committed to continuing to advocate for the expansion of NP positions across Manitoba so there is access to the highest quality care for all.