Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rare to Move Patients from Saskatchewan Neonatal Intensive Care Units: Minister

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rare to Move Patients from Saskatchewan Neonatal Intensive Care Units: Minister

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Lack of neonatal intensive care rare: minister

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REGINA - The Saskatchewan government has added bassinets in neonatal intensive care units in Regina and Saskatoon that were full last week.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan was responding to reports that four patients were transferred out of Regina, including two who had to be sent out of the province for care.

Duncan says Regina has 25 bassinets, while Saskatoon has space for 38 babies in its neonatal intensive care unit.

He says it doesn't happen often that both centres are full and there's no trend yet to indicate that more beds are needed.

But NDP health critic Danielle Chartier says the families affected are already going through a stressful time.

She says it can be terribly disruptive for a family to be forced to pack up and leave the province. …

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