First Nation loses its four dialysis machines; province says they weren’t used – Winnipeg Free Press

OTTAWA — Nurses at Berens River First Nation initially thought someone had stolen their health centre’s four dialysis machines.

The province says it was simply moving unused equipment to where it was needed most, but reserve officials say no one notified them of the change, one that illustrates the challenges of health care in small communities.

“They’ve really pulled the rug from under the community’s feet,” said northern Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, who visited Berens River last month. The First Nation is located 270 kilometres north of Winnipeg, and counts 3,500 band members, two-thirds of whom live on the reserve.

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