Manitoba Must Act Now To Start Clearing Massive Backlog of Tests and Surgeries

Updated: Oct 8

Treaty 1 Territory, Métis Homeland, Winnipeg, MB - Manitoba Liberal MLAs say the PCs need to immediately get to work with doctors and other health care professionals to come up with a plan for clearing the province's massive backlog of medical procedures.

Wait times for hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery were all getting steadily worse while the PCs cut and froze Manitoba's health care system, then lists exploded during the pandemic as procedures were cancelled and personnel moved to fighting Covid.

Manitoba Liberal Health Critic Dr. Jon Gerrard said it is routine to hear of people waiting more than a year for hip or knee replacement surgery, adults having to wait more than a year for cataract surgery, and children having to wait two and a half years for an ophthalmology consultation.

There are also extra-long waits for cardiac surgery and for many other diagnostic procedures as well as many other surgeries. In June, Doctors Manitoba warned that the backlog was over 110,000 procedures.

Manitoba Liberal MLAs say Manitoba must act now to address the backlog, by:

  • Lifting the cap which puts artificial limits on the number hip and knee replacements and cataract surgeries per year, and allow surgeons and their teams to do more procedures