BR Mba MRI On Hold – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Mar 29, 2017 10:

A project to install an M-R-I machine in the hospital at Dauphin, Manitoba has been placed on hold.

An addition to the building to hold the equipment is about ready and the facility had expected the equipment to be up and running this month.

But the provincial government has put the project on hold, saying it wants to see the recommendations from its Wait Times Task Force before proceeding with the installation.

The previous N-D-P government promised an M-R-I for Dauphin in 2013 — the first in Manitoba north of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The M-R-I is projected to make more than 37-hundred scans a year and serve about 50-thousand people in an area stretching as far north as The Pas.

The installation would also end what could sometimes be an overnight trip for patients to Brandon or Winnipeg for a scan.

Dauphin Mayor Eric Irwin says he’s disappointed because the M-R-I is currently sitting in Germany waiting to be shipped.

Irwin also says the government’s announcement is puzzling because he got a letter from Brian Pallister during last year’s election campaign lamenting the fact the machine had not yet been installed.

Doug Dean, president of the local health foundation, says the organization is banking on the M-R-I attracting more health-care professionals to the city.

The province says the findings of the wait time review are expected later this year. (CBC)

(The Canadian Press, Online Out)

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