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Last week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the provincial legislature asking if the province would commit to the construction of the Cross Lake Health Facility. She stated Manitoba’s tenth largest community Cross Lake is in dire need of a medical facility adding Cross Lake is one of the largest First Nations in Canada with a population bigger than The Pas, Flin Flon and Stonewall but it doesn’t have 24 hour in patient health care.  She says women in child birth and patients with acute care needs have to fly out of their home community to get the care they need.  Lathlin explained the 1964 agreement established that the province has a role in the delivery of health care for Cross Lake asking will the province partner with the federal government to bring forth this important community investment.  Minister of Health Kelvin Goertzen said they’ve recognized that there are many challenges when it comes to providing health care in the north and the Pallister government made specific efforts  when it comes to the federal government to get additional funding for things like chronic disease adding that effort was made on behalf of those living in the north and they have had some success.

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