Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The province is investing nearly $5.2 million for dialysis services, including $2.4 million from this year's Budget to provide critical life-saving services for up to 72 patients.
The funds will cover machines as well as the hiring of more nurses and other staff to support access for more patients.
The funding was announced by Premier Brian Pallister today.
"We are cleaning up the mess left behind by the previous government in health care by investing in services that benefit Manitobans," said Pallister.
Pallister was straight to the point while making the announcement in Thompson this morning.
"These investments will provide life-saving care to Manitobans in need, when and where they need it most. This includes Thompson, which will see in-centre dialysis expand to accommodate an additional six patients," Pallister said.
Over the coming months, the expansion will include additional dialysis spaces at health centres throughout the province including: Portage, Hodgson, Pine Falls, Thompson and Winnipeg.
The funding will also be used to expand home dialysis treatments, including a 10-patient peritoneal dialysis expansion in Winnipeg, to ensure a better quality of life for patients.
There will be 57 positions included in this expansion, including nearly 30 nurses.
Health care aides, pharmacy, social services, technologists, maintenance and administrative support positions will also be added.