Provincial investment aims to reduce orthopedic surgery wait times in Moncton area

Premier Brian Gallant has outlined $3 million to help reduce the number of people waiting for orthopedic surgery in the Greater Moncton area.

The province says an aging population has led to an increase in orthopedic surgery referrals, and maintaining reasonable wait times has been a challenge for regional health authorities.

The funding will be used to increase surgical capacity at the Moncton Hospital and Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

Government says the investment will also be used to develop a more coordinated and integrated approach for consultations with specialists.

Gallant announced last week that the province was investing $25 million in funding to help reduce wait times in the healthcare system, as part of a multi-year strategy.