Health Links Down: To Respond to Covid-19, PCs Must Ramp Up Health Hiring

March 12, 2020

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2020

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Liberals say that Health Links, the hotline the Pallister government has asked Manitobans to call if they have questions about Covid-19, has already been overwhelmed and has been delivering a busy signal all afternoon.

This morning, PC Health Minister Cameron Friesen issued a press release saying "Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should first call Health Links - Info Santé 204 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) to ensure they receive medical advice appropriate to their specific health concerns."

Manitoba Liberals say they received calls from concerned constituents who said they couldn't get through.

"An obvious first step for this government would be to ramp up training and hiring more operators to make sure that people can get accurate health information," said Dougald Lamont, Manitoba Liberal Leader.

On March 2, the Manitoba Liberals called for the PCs to release their Covid-19 plan. At that time, global cases were 82,000 and there had been 3200 deaths. In the ensuing ten days, confirmed infections and deaths have both increased by 50%.

The Manitoba Liberals called for an emergency debate on Covid-19 today, but it won't happen because of a PC-NDP deadlock. The NDP are filibustering over contentious bills the PCs tried to slip through on budget day.

"The fact that the PCs and NDP have not been able to set aside their differences in the interests of all Manitobans during a global pandemic is a colossal failure of leadership."

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