The planned closure of the Corydon Primary Care Clinic. Sadly Mr. Pallister is not concerned about elderly and vulnerable people and communities.
Brain Pallister and the Conservative government have announced their plans to close the Corydon Primary Care Clinic. This is a community based clinic which serves many people who are elderly, or are vulnerable and have complex needs. The clinic which looks after about 5,000 patients, has a particular focus on the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The clinic does screening for diabetes, treatment of diabetes and offers group diabetes management classes. These classes are open to all Winnipeg residents with type 2 diabetes and their families. This effort is of particular importance today as there has been a dramatic increase in diabetes from about 50,000 people in Manitoba two decades ago to more than 100,000 people with diabetes in Manitoba today.
The clinic is well situated close to the many people who live in nearby high rise apartments in this densely populated area. Its focus is on those who live in the communities of Fort Rouge, Fort Garry Riverview and River Heights, and for diabetes management classes offers these to all Winnipeg residents with type 2 diabetes.
Though the government claims there will be substantial savings from this closure - including $498,906 this fiscal year, this claim is highly exaggerated as has been clearly demonstrated in the analysis by Alex Arenson - see https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/questionable-logic-behind-clinic-closure-438468413.html
It is sad that Mr. Pallister is choosing to target those who are elderly and most vulnerable (including those with diabetes) as he makes changes to health care in Manitoba. It is particularly sad, that at a time when efforts to prevent and treat diabetes should be a top priority, Mr. Pallister is eliminating the Corydon Primary Care clinic. If you are concerned about the closure of the Corydon Primary Care Clinic, please email your concerns to the Minister of Health at MINHSAL@leg.gov.mb.ca and help our efforts to try to reverse this bad decision.