The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the provincial legislature last week regarding the community of Cross Lake being in dire need of a medical facility. Lathlin Stated that Cross Lake is Manitobas 10th largest community but it does not have 24 hour in-patient health care. Woman in child birth and patients with acute care have to be flown out of the community to get the care that they need.
She added that the 1964 agreement states that the province has a role in the delivery of health care for Cross Lake and she asked if the province will partner with the Federal Government to bring forward this important community investment.
Minister of Health Kelvin Goertzen responded to this question by saying that officials from his department have had discussions with representatives from Cross Lake and the Federal Government and they have been challenged with getting long term funding from the federal government. Lathlin Then asked why Minister Goertzen was ignoring access to health care services and for the people of Cross Lake.
Goertzen said quote We’ve recognized that there are many challenges when it comes to providing health care in the north and that The Pallister government made specific efforts when it came to getting additional funding. That effort was made on behalf of those living in the north and they have had some success.
He added that suicide of young people is one of the most tragic things happening in Canada and that people are making efforts to prevent suicide but more needs to be done and he doesn’t believe that there is a health minister in Canada that doesn’t recognize that.