CORNER BROOK Concerning the new hospital, Tom Marshall says he wants what‚Äôs best for the people of western Newfoundland. That, he is certain of.
However, what that means in terms of exactly what will be in the hospital, he is still uncertain.
The Finance minister said he spoke with Health Minister Susan Sullivan again Thursday, the same day more than 200 people met in Corner Brook to discuss plans for the new hospital. He said he also spoke with Dr. Cathi Bradbury, the associate deputy minister of the Department of Health and Community Services. The Humber East Tory MHA‚Äąsaid he wanted to know specifically why a radiation centre and PET‚Äąscanner was not recommended for the hospital.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not a cost thing,‚ÄĚ Marshall said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about meeting standards and ensuring the best Canadian practices are made available.‚ÄĚ
The minister said there were some good points made publicly through the meeting Thursday, but also some incorrect arguments without proper facts.
Sullivan and Bradbury will be coming to Corner Brook and meeting with various groups and individuals to speak about the intricacies of the decisions that were made. Marshall said it is important people base their concerns and opinions on facts.
The population is dwindling and aging, so he said it is important for the medical services to reflect the needs of the people.
Whether a radiation unit would work here, he remains unsure. However, he said he is watching how things are working in Sault Ste. Marie ‚ÄĒ‚Äąthe only place in the country, according to him, where there is a unit with just one PET‚Äąscanner.
Even with all the minister has been able to find out, he said he still needs more information before saying exactly what he thinks is best suited for the hospital. He also said it is important there is room for the hospital to grow or meet the ever-changing medical technology.