MGEU - Manitoba Government and General Employees Union

Health Care Needs Health Care Workers

It takes a whole team of workers to deliver quality health care in Manitoba.

And right now, they need our support to make health care better for all of us.

Let’s support them – so we don’t lose them.

Health care doesn’t happen without thousands of dedicated workers in many different roles -- from allied health to home care and facility support. It’s time to rebuild our public health care system and that starts by supporting health care workers.

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Manitobans can’t afford to wait any longer to rebuild health care

Many Manitobans are still struggling to get the health care they need when they need it most. Staffing shortages mean long wait times and a system under pressure.

Vacant health care aide positions in Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) have more than tripled, and the staff vacancy rate in PMH Home Care has jumped from 20.68% to 32.85%, over the past five years.

Meanwhile, the amount the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority has spent so far this year on private health care agencies is more than double what it spent in 2021/22.

Manitoba’s health care workers are doing the best they can with little support and limited resources. They are overworked and underpaid, making it more difficult to attract and keep experienced workers, especially in our rural communities.

It's time to put an end to the health care staffing crisis and rebuild our public health system by:

  • Increasing wages for public health care workers;
  • Improving working conditions;
  • Lowering unsustainably-high staff vacancy rates; and
  • Decreasing the use of private health care agencies.

Fixing health care is worth the investment, and the time to get started is NOW!