10/24/2011 12:40 EDT | Updated 12/24/2011 05:12 EST

Manitoba government commits cash to upgrade medical equipment, reduce wait times

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is committing $120 million over the next four years to buy or upgrade medical equipment.

Part of the plan calls for new MRI machines in Selkirk and Dauphin and at the Grace hospital in Winnipeg.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald says older, less-efficient equipment is to be replaced as well.

She says diagnostic testing closer to home should reduce wait times and allow doctors to provide more timely and accurate results.

Other new or upgraded equipment is to include CT scanners and ultrasound machines.

Oswald says future additions and upgrades will be funded based on recommendations from doctors and regional health authorities.