The Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party promises to build "on historic investments into health care" if re-elected by investing $120 million to recruit staff across the province.
“The Health Human Resources Action Plan (HHRAP) was meant to bring more health-care professionals into the system, and I’m proud to announce that it was a resounding success," Rochelle Squires, PC candidate for Riel, said at the announcement on Monday morning.
"More than 2,000 health-care professionals are now on board in Manitoba. That’s what a stable, experienced government delivers. This new fund will build on the success of our recruitment and retention efforts by providing stable, permanent funding to continue strengthening our workforce.”
The fund will be used for both current and future staffing needs, with $40 million being specifically directed towards recruitment for rural communities.
Kevin Klein, PC candidate for Kirkfield park, took a shot at the NDP's plan for health care at the announcement. “Wab Kinew has promised to build almost a dozen new medical facilities without committing to the existing projects underway, without strategic or clinical backing, and with absolutely no indication on how he plans to staff them,” Klein says. “Not only is the PC health capital plan fully costed, it’s already under way."
The NDP have made a number of healthcare promises already, including a five-point plan to hire more internationally educated health professionals, building a mature women's centre at the Victoria Hospital, and better cardiac care by building a new centre of excellence at St. Boniface Hospital.