Some emergency room doctors have received notice that their positions will no longer exist as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority goes through major restructuring.
A letter, alleged to be from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s head of emergency medicine Dr. Alecs Chochinov, says the various ER doctor positions are ending “because of the changes being made to the emergency department/urgent care centre in which they provide services.”
The major health-care revamp, announced in April, will replace two of the city’s emergency departments with urgent care centres. A third will be shut down altogether.
The letter said physicians losing their jobs were invited to apply to be considered for a different position “consistent with your qualifications and experience.”
“It is anticipated there will be various positions at the community sites as well as at the tertiary sites,” it said.
Physicians being impacted by the changes in positions are required to get notice 90 days before the transition, Dr. Brock Wright, chief medical officer of the WRHA, said in a statement emailed to CBC News.
Manitoba Health and WRHA are working with Doctors Manitoba to develop a process to support affected emergency and urgent care physicians, the email said.
“Physicians working in Urgent Care at Misericordia Health Centre are encouraged to work with the WRHA to explore opportunities to work in emergency departments or urgent care centres at other sites in Winnipeg, or in hospitals or other roles providing care to inpatients in Winnipeg hospitals,” Wright said.
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