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$2M provincial medical machine sits idle over staffing issues

CTV Edmonton, September 22, 2010

A $2 million mobile dialysis unit assigned to Lac La Biche sits idle because the province hasn't been able to find staff to operate it. And because of this, one resident is forced to travel hours by car to another town for kidney dialysis.

"There are many others in the Lac La Biche area who have to undergo the same agony and anguish, duress, it's just fundamentally wrong," said Tom MacCagno who travels from Lac La Biche to St. Paul for dialysis each week.

He believed his lengthy trek to St. Paul would be over after he saw a mobile kidney dialysis bus show up in his community. But the bus soon disappeared and is currently not being used in Spruce Grove.

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