November 28, 2016 5:30 pm
Updated: November 28, 2016 9:25 pm

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announces $20M to reopen operating rooms

WATCH ABOVE: Quebec heath minister Gaétan Barette is announcing a $20M investment to open up 18 operating rooms across the province in an effort to reduce wait times.

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Provincial Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced Quebec will invest $20 million annually to re-open 18 existing operating rooms in nine hospital networks.

At a press conference at the Jewish General Hospital Monday afternoon, Barrette said the aim of reopening operating rooms is to reduce wait times.

This will allow up to  22,444 more operations to be carried out each year but conditions apply.

To access the funds hospital networks must balance their operating room budgets.

“I’m putting pressure on the hospitals that do not balance their budgets,” Barrette said. “Hospitals will have to engage themselves to manage their operating rooms [and] operating theaters correctly.”

However, Barrette did not say how long hospitals will have to get their books in order.

Each hospital network could have access to $1.2 million to reopen equipped operating rooms, Barrette said.

For the a full list of hospital networks that may soon have additional operating rooms open consult the document below.

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