Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Crime and ERs
Good story from the Free Press on the increase in ER visits the last two years.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says they are not alarmed. Really? They had one ER nearly shut down under the strain in the last years and was only able to keep their ERs staffed by piling money in to the point where the doctors there are paid higher than specialists.
Meanwhile, violent crimes keeping feeding the numbers at ERs and new citizens to the city can't find a non-ER doctors when they need them.
The NDP has been in power for ten years and have not solved these problems yet. Greg Selinger has made some big promises in the last months. However, his government have shown worse numbers in crime and in the ability of people to find a doctor.
It is a little hard to believe they have found solutions to those problems now.