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Province commits cash for medical equipment

The province announced a commitment of $120 million over the next four years to provide new and upgraded medical equipment at various facilities throughout Manitoba, but none of the announced projects are in the Red River Valley.

"Our new $120-million medical equipment fund will ensure Manitoba families have even better access to advanced diagnostic testing closer to home," said health minister Theresa Oswald. "By adding new equipment and replacing older, less-efficient machines with modern, specialized technology, doctors and health professionals will be able to provide more timely and accurate diagnostic services and treatment to patients across our province."

The $120-million investment will include new MRI machines at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg and in the hospitals in Selkirk and Dauphin. There are currently eight MRIs in the provincial health-care system, up from only three in 1999. These machines will add capacity for thousands of additional scans and contribute to further reducing wait times, Oswald noted.