Meeting with Minister Friesen to discuss long-term care needs and our concerns about the outsourcing of COVID-19 contact tracing

The Association, along with the Manitoba Gerontological Nursing Association and the Community Health Nurses of Manitoba met with Minister Friesen and staff from Health, Seniors and Active Living to discuss long-term care needs and our concerns about the outsourcing of COVID-19 contact tracing. 
The meeting gave us the opportunity to not only share our recommendations but identify areas where we feel we can contribute further and share nurses’ holistic healthcare expertise. 

Recommendations

Long-term care
1. Evaluation of the standards to align with current needs
2. Support for Bill 212 to be passed, which will create change governed by evidence 
3. Designated long-term care expertise as part of the pandemic response 

COVID-19 contact tracing
1. Set aside the RFP for COVID-19 contact tracing call centre support
2. Provide additional supports to the existing public health system
3. Continue to support an expanded public health system

We will be connecting with Assistant Deputy Minister Avis Gray and Lynda Tjaden, executive director and senior health nursing practice advisor and provincial practice leader to continue this work.