Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Eye Doctors Oppose Closing Misericordia Urgent Care Centre

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Eye Doctors Oppose Closing Misericordia Urgent Care Centre

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Eye doctors oppose closing care centre

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WINNIPEG - There are renewed calls for the Manitoba government to take a closer look at the closure of Winnipeg's Misericordia Urgent Care Centre.

A new letter from Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba said the closure puts the future of eye care services at dire risk.

The letter asks the health minister and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to reconsider closing Urgent Care.

Jennifer Rahman, chairwoman of the eye doctors' group, says Misericordia Urgent Care makes timely and appropriate referrals to eye care services which operate within the health centre.

It sees about 39,000 patients a year, 4,500 of them emergencies.

Rahman says she and her fellow doctors don't understand the basis for the decision.

"At Misericordia we have a specialized centre for eye care and we work in collaboration with the urgent care to facilitate safe care of our patients," she says. …

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