Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister spoke to Arctic Radio News during his visit to The Pas to talk about healthcare reform in Manitoba, which is something that has been needed in the province for a long time.
The Pallister government has already implemented a number a changes to the system. In Winnipeg they consolidated emergency rooms which have shortened wait times by almost 20 percent and they are finding that by having fewer emergency rooms and ones that are better equip provides a better level of service since the rooms have all the resources needed for treatment.
In the past people in Manitoba went to hospitals for treatment but had to be shipped else ware to receive the treatment they needed, something that Pallister says was quote dangerous and not good.
They have also heard from people that provide healthcare that are dissatisfied with the way the healthcare system has been structured. Pallister says that people that work in the healthcare system have a lot of great ideas and they are looking at improving the provinces healthcare system by listening to those that work in health care.
Pallister concluded by saying that the myth about his government making cuts to healthcare is not true and they have budgeted more towards healthcare then the NDP ever did.