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Manitoba Tories promise $120 million to address health-care staffing shortages

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are promising to put millions toward recruiting health-care workers if they are re-elected on Oct. 3. 

The Tories say they would spend $120 million over the next four years to meet present staffing needs and fill future positions at new facilities. 

Tory cabinet minister Rochelle Squires says the funds would give the province an edge in bringing more workers to Manitoba and would also go toward incentives.

Staffing levels in health-care facilities continue to cause a strain across the system after the COVID-19 pandemic, with some advocacy groups saying doctor shortages in the province have reached an all-time high this year.

The Progressive Conservatives say they have hired more than 2,000 health-care workers, including recruiting internationally educated professionals from the Philippines. 

The Tories say $80 million is to go toward recruiting workers in the Winnipeg region and $40 million would be for rural areas. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2023.

The Canadian Press