In the Manitoba legislature Wednesday, Progressive Conservative Health Critic Myrna Driedger asked about scheduled visits to Winnipeg hospital emergency departments. She said there were 14,200 such visits last year, up from 12,800 the year before, despite a recommendation by a task force eight years ago that the practice be stopped as soon as possible. Health Minister Theresa Oswald said there are a number of initiatives underway to reduce scheduled visits including the administration of IV antibiotics and wound care in Access community health centres. She said new QuickCare Clinics, staffed by nurse practitioners, should also help. Scheduled ED visits make up about five per cent of overall patient traffic, according to a Winnipeg Free Press report.