Gordon Daman, a spokesman for the Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc., said the MRI plan on pause as they await the Manitoba Governments response to a report on wait-times.
Daman says it’s hard to say how long it will take to determine whether a diagnostic center in Niverville will be supported by the province.
The Manitoba Government is looking into lengthening hours of operation at existing facilities to lessen wait-times, but Daman said they are not giving up on their dream of opening an MRI machine in Niverville. The co-chair of the wait-times task force indicated that there still may be a need, and also room, for some private options within diagnostic ability. However it will take more study and more time.
Niverville has a strategic location, as it is rural, and just a 20 minute drive from the Winnipeg. They had announced plans last August, hoping to start construction in 2018 and open in 2019. Daman says it’s clear that unless the province agrees to pay for tests that people undergo, they won’t go ahead with the project.