October 23, 2020

Immediate Action must be taken to protect lives and prevent deaths at Parkview Place say Gazan and Asagwara

TREATY 1 TERRITORY, WINNIPEG—NDP MP Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) and NDP MLA Uzoma Asagwara (Union Station) are calling for the provincial and federal governments to provide emergency supports in the wake of the 14 deaths reported at Parkview Place care home.

Yesterday, Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial health officer reported 14 deaths at the care home, with 147 new active cases in the province.

“Fourteen people have died at Parkview Place, and many more families and staff have been put at risk as a result of the Pallister government’s ‘profits over people’ agenda. With effective leadership and planning, the care home crisis in Manitoba could have been avoided,” said Asagwara. “The provincial government must act immediately by assuming oversight of the facility, hiring more healthcare staff, and providing adequate PPE to protect residents and workers. We will continue to stand up and fight for care home workers and protection of our most vulnerable Manitobans.”

“This is another example of the critical need for national standards for long term care homes and the need to take profit out of home care,” said Gazan. “Life is valuable and the federal government must demonstrate the value of life by ending for profit care and ensuring that all care homes in this country to have the resources they need. Both the provincial and federal government are failing to residents of Parkview Place Care Home.”

Gazan and Asagwara are imploring the provincial and federal governments to act swiftly to address the increasingly dire situation and make substantial investments to ensure the facility has the resources they require for the safety and well-being of all residents and staff.