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There is a systemic problem in Manitoba - the delivery of timely, excellent rehabilitation for those who have received amputations

 On Thursday April 21, in Question Period, I followed up on my question of April 20 on an individual with a leg amputation who needed rehabilitation, but was not getting in.   I raised issues of two more individuals who have had problems accessing rehabilitation following amputation.  In one case, the situation was so chaotic Mr Carpenter said of Manitoba's Health Care system "Nobody has a clue what's going on."  My question and the Minister's response is below. 

Con­stit­uent Health Concern
Access to Rehabilitation Care

Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Madam Speaker, yesterday I asked about the availability of rehab for a gentleman who had his leg amputated. Sadly, his ex­per­ience is not unique.

      Shay-la MacLean also had a leg amputated, and instead of a focus on rehab, her pain and health con­cerns were initially dismissed.

      Jeff Carpenter, who had parts of both his legs amputated, described being beyond frustrated at having to wait at least 21 weeks to get an occupational therapist to help him. As I table, he said of the health-care system for which the minister is respon­si­ble: Nobody has a clue what's going on.

      I ask the Minister to explain why such a basic item of care as rehabilitation following an amputation is being so poorly looked after in Manitoba?

Hon. Audrey Gordon (Minister of Health): I thank the member for River Heights for bringing this to my attention. I will certainly have discussions with the Winnipeg Regional Health Author­ity as well as the facility leads to in­vesti­gate each case in specifics.

      Unfor­tunately, due to The Personal Health Informa­tion Act, I cannot discuss the specifics of an individual's health status, or the health services they will receive, in the Chamber, but happy to look into each and every case the member has brought forward.

[It is too bad the Minister did not even address the systemic issue of poor rehabilitation services being offered presently through Manitoba's health care system.]


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