Pimicikamak Cree Nation worries it won’t have enough staff to run new health centre – CBC

Sep 07, 2023

First Nation’s leaders say nursing station running with less than half of staff it needs

A northern Manitoba First Nation is planning to open a brand new health centre next month, but leaders in the community say they’re worried they won’t have enough staff to properly run it.

The health centre in Pimicikamak Cree Nation, which has an on-reserve population of close to 6,500 people, is slated to open on Oct. 11.

However, the community’s nursing station already faces staff shortages — and residents can only access it on an emergency basis, said Chief David Monias at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The nursing station is supposed to have 13.5 nurses, but has had less than half of that staffing complement in recent months, he said, meaning people usually get triaged over the phone.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/pimicikamak-cree-nation-health-care-staff-shortages-1.6959903

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