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CORNER BROOK The Opposition is proclaiming to have revealed more downsizing of health care services with respect to the future hospital in Corner Brook.
The issue again came up in the House of Assembly Monday.
According to an Opposition press release, Health Minister Susan Sullivan admitted government is reviewing all of the equipment required for the new hospital slated to be built in Corner Brook.
‚ÄúThe minister can call it functional planning, right-sizing, or whatever she wants,‚ÄĚ Opposition Leader Dwight Ball stated. ‚ÄúThe fact is that, instead of having the current complement of six ultrasound units that operate at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, this government is considering putting just three units in the new hospital.
Ball called it yet another downgrade of services for the new regional hospital in Corner Brook.
‚ÄúOver and over again, this government proves that right-sizing really means downsizing,‚ÄĚ he stated. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs another example of a continued lack of planning which will result in the denial of basic services and what will become standard for health care in the future.‚ÄĚ
Questions still remain about the cost of operating a PET scanner at the new hospital, and the availability of isotopes to help run the unit. Eddie Joyce, MHA‚Äąfor the Bay of Islands, stated a similar PET scanner is in operation at the University of Saskatchewan. They are able to ship isotopes from 2,500 kilometers away in Hamilton, Ontario, he said.
‚ÄúHow can the minister continue to insist that the cost for a PET scanner on the west coast is in the $40 million range?‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe stated. ‚ÄúInstead of making excuses for why a PET scanner isn‚Äôt feasible for the west coast, the minister should be taking extra steps to ensure the equipment is made available at a reasonable price.
Joyce said Sullivan again reiterated that radiation services will not be provided to patients at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.