NDP MPs Jolibois and Ashton Join Community Effort to Save Flin Flon Obstetrics
November 13th, 2018 - 1:28pm
OTTAWA – NDP MPs Niki Ashton (Churchill – Keewatinook Aski) and Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) are joining community efforts to save the obstetrical delivery program in Flin Flon, as it will force many Northern mothers and families to drive several hours more to access services in The Pas, Manitoba or in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
“The closure of the obstetrics ward is shutting down a vital community service for an entire region,” said Ashton. "Instead of spending money on consultants, the provincial government should do what's necessary to reopen the obstetrics ward immediately."
Jolibois expressed concerns over the impacts this interruption in services will have on mothers and families from northwest Saskatchewan.
“From Pelican Narrow to Denare Beach, First Nations and all communities in our region are some of the youngest in the country and they need access to birthing services in Flin Flon."
Jolibois and Ashton are joining a community-based efforts, as well as Manitoba NDP MLA Tom Lindsay and Saskatchewan NDP MLA Doyle Vermette, in calling for the Manitoba government to save these birthing services immediately.