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Some Manitoba patients may be shipped elsewhere to help clear surgery backlog

·1 min read

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has set up a new working group to tackle a backlog of surgeries and diagnostic tests caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee will look at several options, including sending more patients out of province for procedures that can be done more quickly elsewhere.

Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon says other measures include a new centralized information system to better track places within Manitoba where procedures can be done quickly.

Doctors Manitoba, which represents 4,000 physicians across the province, says the backlog of surgeries and diagnostic tests has grown to more than 52,000 cases.

The province has had to postpone or cut back on many services in order to free up space and staff for COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.

The new working group includes physicians and members of the general public, and Gordon says it will report publicly every month on its progress.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2021

The Canadian Press

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