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Reducing Wait Times And Class Sizes In Guelph

New MRI Machine, New School Mean Better Patient Care, Student Success

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Families in the Guelph-area will have better access to health care and high-quality education thanks to a new MRI machine and a new school, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.

"People in Guelph take a lot of pride in their great quality of life -- and we're proud to do our part to make it even better," said Premier McGuinty. "That's why we're investing in new medical equipment and a new school -- so families have even better access to the high-quality health care and education they deserve."

Guelph-Wellington MPP Liz Sandals joined Premier McGuinty today on his visits to Guelph General Hospital and Southcreek Public School.

The McGuinty government will invest $800,000 annually in operating funding for the new MRI machine. The Ministry of Health estimates that with the new machine, an additional 3,120 MRI scans will be provided annually to patients in the Waterloo-Wellington area. The government has also invested more than $3 million in a new emergency mental health unit at the hospital.

The McGuinty government is investing $7.4 million to build Southcreek Public School. It is scheduled to open to students from kindergarten to Grade 8 in September 2008.

"These investments will make a real difference in the lives of all the hardworking Ontario families in the Guelph-area," said Sandals. "The initiatives will also help our health care providers and educators -- by making it that much easier to provide quality care and education to the community."

Investing in new medical equipment and new schools are the latest ways the McGuinty government is getting results in health and education. Other initiatives include:

  • Speeding up access to care by funding an additional 1.27 million medical procedures
  • Creating 150 Family Health Teams, made up of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, to improve access to health care for 2.5 million Ontarians
  • Lowering class sizes and funding 6,700 teachers so our youngest students get more individual attention
  • Providing funding for one million new textbooks and library resources.

"Working together with local hospitals, schools and our people, we're making a lot of progress in strengthening health care and education in Guelph," said Premier McGuinty. "But there's much more to do as we continue to move forward, together, to strengthen health care and education for all Ontarians."

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