On Thursday, the province announced that it had received, and was reviewing, the master program report completed on the hospital by Stantec.
That announcement prompted Joyce, the Liberal MHA for the Bay of Islands, to once again question when the project will move from a “never-ending” pre-design phase to design and construction.
“I’m calling on the minister of Transportation and Works to make the pre-design report from Stantec, and an earlier report from Hatch Mott Macdonald, available to the people of the west coast,” said Joyce in a press release.
“It’s time for the residents who are depending on a new hospital to have access to this information. It’s also time for public consultations to be held to discuss the findings, to see if the right-sizing of the hospital actually means a scaled back version of what has been promised.”
Government announced that a new hospital would be built in Corner Brook in 2007. In September 2010 it committed to the construction of the hospital beginning in August 2012, with occupancy expected in April 2016.
To date, about $20 million has been spent on the project.
Contracts for site clearing and preparation work have been completed. Water and sewer has been extended to the site, the land has been shaped, and paving of Cpl. Pinksen Memorial Drive has been completed to provide access to the facility.