The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin recently spoke to 102.9 CJAR to talk about her plans for 2018 and what she will be bringing to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly's spring session. Lathlin says she is currently planning a petition for The Pas citizens to sign as a way to advocate to get The Pas Health Clinic back on the provinces radar.
Lathlin says the clinic is badly needed in the region especially when there is a walk in clinic that has hours that change every week and that emergency rooms are being clogged with patients. She added that more doctors are needed and the doctors could have been housed at the health clinic which could reduce the cost of the Northern Patient Transportation Program.
If the cost of The Northern Patient Transportation program is reduced, patients would not have to travel to Winnipeg for treatment and they could receive treatment at home by seeing doctors housed at the clinic. Lathlin hopes to get as many signatures from residents and she will bring the petition to the spring session.
Lathlin went on to say that she also be discussing the lack of mental health and addiction centre’s in the North and the closure of rural medical emergency stations. She also looks forward to a couple of debates at the session including one on the legalization of marijuana and a bill regarding the amendment to the CFS act. The spring session will begin on March 7th.