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Grandview residents came to the Manitoba legislature Wednesday to try to save their ambulance station, but Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen stayed resolute that it will close.
It was an NDP report from 2013 that has led to the closure of some emergency medical stations in rural Manitoba while increasing the number of paramedics, Goertzen told the legislature.
"There needs to be predictability, there needs to be full-time service," the minister said.
The 20-person delegation headed by Mayor Lyle Morran told reporters Goertzen is erring by planning to close their ambulance station and beefing up the EMS in Gilbert Plains 15 kilometres away.
Local activist Sue Stirling said Grandview's hospital is open 70 per cent of the time, while having one ambulance with paramedics. Gilbert Plains has no hospital and only volunteers staffing that community's one ambulance.
"This summer, Grandview acquired the services of a third doctor," Stirling pointed out, noting the hospital can now theoretically be open 24 hours a day.
"That would make more sense to leave the ambulance service in Grandview."
The province isn't taking into account that nearby Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation relies on emergency medical services from Grandview, the mayor said.
"There are decisions being made on bad data," Liberal leader Dougald Lamont said.
Dauphin Tory MLA Brad Michaleski has come to Grandview to consult with the community, but didn't help change the government's position, Morran said.
"He's following the party line," he said.
Grandview is located 45 kilometres west of Dauphin.
Updated on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:54 AM CST: Corrects percentage of time Grandview's hospital is open. Incorrect information appeared in a previous version of this story.