On Monday May 17th, I asked in Question Period about the government's triage protocol with respect to who will be treated in the Intensive Care Unit if there is not sufficient space for everyone who needs it. My question and the Premier's response are below.
COVID‑19 Triage Protocols
Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): While Saskatchewan early on priorized individuals with disabilities to get a vaccine to protect them against COVID, Manitoba delayed and delayed.
Now, when hospitalizations and ICU use for COVID patients have almost doubled in the last four weeks, people with disabilities want assurance that they will not be triaged to their disadvantage if resources are limited.
Why is the Premier not being open and honest with Manitobans by providing his triage protocol, as Quebec has done? Will he assure individuals with disabilities that they will not be discriminated against and provide his triage protocol today?
Hon. Brian Pallister (Premier): Quite the opposite from the member's assertion, we have placed incredible emphasis on protecting those who are living with a disability in our province.
We've introduced support programs like no other province, I am told, with direct financial aid going to those individuals. We've taken extreme measures to make sure that vaccine availability is enhanced for all those who have a mobility challenge. We've set up rapid access clinics. We've set up fast-moving groups of vaccinators to go out to the various areas around the province and have reached out to those who are dealing with mobility challenges to make sure they have access, not exclusively in seniors homes either, but in other venues as well.
And so what the member raises is an issue that we take very seriously and have been working on very effectively throughout this pandemic.