NDP ‘play­ing pol­i­tics’ with can­cer pa­tients: Tories

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and was at home, but af­ter speak­ing to fam­ily mem­bers, she told Selinger the phar­macy did not charge her.

“That’s great you re­ceived treat­ment so fast. We say we want Man­i­to­bans to be treated 60 days af­ter di­ag­no­sis, and you were,” Selinger said

Selinger said he hopes home cov­er­age of the can­cer drugs would not be at risk if the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives form govern­ment.

“Brian Pal­lis­ter has said there are no sa­cred cows when it comes to cuts... If there are no sa­cred cows, be hon­est.

“It’s not good enough to be eva­sive. We have peo­ple like Teodora who have had enor­mously good ser­vices.

“We need (Pal­lis­ter) to level with Man­i­to­bans.”

In a state­ment re­leased at Ste­fan­son’s news con­fer­ence, the Tories said they have al­ready promised to pro­tect front­line health-care ser­vices.

As well, the Tories said they want to slash am­bu­lance fees in half, keep and at­tract more doc­tors, add more per­sonal care beds and start a ded­i­cated stroke unit.

“At no time has the PC party ever said, sug­gested, or even hinted at re­duc­ing pa­tient ac­cess to can­cer-care treat­ment,” the state­ment said.

“We did not and we will not... For the Selinger NDP to use the can­cer bat­tle as a last-minute fear tac­tic in an elec­tion cam­paign is be­yond rep­re­hen­si­ble.”

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NDP Leader Greg Selinger said he hopes home cov­er­age of can­cer drugs will re­main if the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives form govern­ment.

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