On July 11, the AMM met with the Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living. The AMM opened by thanking the Minister for introducing Bill 3: The Mental Health Amendment Act, and requested consultation with the AMM when establishing training programs associated with the amended Act.
Health practitioner recruitement and retention was also discussed, as more than 90 per cent of Manitoba municipalities are reporting doctor shortages. The AMM asked the Minister to consult with municipalities on the development of the Physician Recruitment and Retention Program, and to review Manitoba’s physician licensing requirements to increase the number of doctors in rural Manitoba.
The AMM also asked Minister Goertzen to reduce the required community capital contributions for health facilities. Currently communities are required to fund at least 10 per cent of all local health capital projects.
Palliative care and municipal representation in regional health authorities were other items on the agenda.
Posted on: July 20, 2016