Marshall urges people to get facts about new hospital

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK  Concerning the new hospital, Tom Marshall says he wants what’s 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 said he wanted to know specifically why a radiation centre and PET scanner was not recommended for the hospital.

“It’s not a cost thing,” Marshall said. “It’s about meeting standards and ensuring the best Canadian practices are made available.”

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 — the only place in the country, according to him, where there is a unit with just one PET scanner.

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.

Organizations: Department of Health and Community

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Sault Ste. Marie

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  • Elaine Chubbs
    January 11, 2014 - 20:56

    I'm from Corner Brook now living in Labrador,are the 30,000 people in Labrador included in the count ? I can assure you with the people travelling to Corner Brook for testing and surgery we need to be included.Maybe someone needs to interview us people,we can enlighten you.u

  • Disgusted
    January 11, 2014 - 11:28

    Stop playing games Minister Marshall. We want a radiation treatment component in this hospital. People are at finan. risk and hardship by not having this facility and always having to travel to St, John's. Give us what we need and we will go away. Otherwise the Progressive Conservatives will pay a price out here....

    January 11, 2014 - 08:48

    The population is dwindling & aging ..... could the dwindling perhaps be happening because services are no longer an option to Corner Brook? If you build it, they will come. Folk are scared because there are less & less services available to us & they are forced to move where there is a safety net. It's not in Corner Brook anymore. We are stiffled at every turn. As for the again population ..... well, why not just put us old folk out on an ice flow when we become too burdensome. It does, indeed, become increasingly more difficult to travel for medical attention as we age. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mr. Marshall. That is disgusting!

  • IAMtheJIB
    January 11, 2014 - 07:48

    Yes Tom, lets use some facts. Your quick to throw out the "population dwindling" card that is played by all Government officials when they want an excuse not to provide a service, but your not giving a full picture of what is happening in the area, or you simply do not understand it. The population in Corner Brook has dropped over the last 30+ years but the entire area has expanded so dramatically that the effective population of the area has risen. What was the population of Massey drive 30 yrs ago. How about Pasadena and the rest of the Humber Halley? North and South Shore? The area that this hospital is to serve has not lost population. In fact, the total number of people served at that hospital has increased steadily since the 70s and continues to increase. How can you justify a downsized version of WMRH when it serves more people each year? Please Tom, enlighten us with some factual numbers about how many patients from this entire area serviced by WMRH, had to go or even move to St John's for treatment? Also, lets include the average cost to the patient for these trips and/or moves. How can you justify the fact that we on the West Coast and Central, must pay more for our life saving treatments than those in the St. John's area. Forget about the stress on the WMRH, just that little fact alone should justify putting the proper facility here on the West Coast. You want Facts Tom? We have lots.