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Manitoba still mulling over buying rescue helicopter

Oct. 14, 2010, Winnipeg - Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald says a helicopter air ambulance to fly critical patients in southern
Manitoba to a Winnipeg hospital is under "very active consideration.''


October 14, 2010
By The Canadian Press

Oswald says the provincial government has been looking at a helicopter "quite aggressively'' since the flood two years ago.

She says the likeliest location for a helicopterpad is the roof of the Health Sciences Centre, the province's medical trauma centre.

The minister says she's heard that doctors are speculating that the province will move soon on a purchase, but she won't comment on
any timetable.

She says buying a helicopter is easy, but paying for programs and services to keep it running is the costly part.

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The province is talking with the Alberta-based Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society about a private foundation providing funding for
operating costs.


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