Committee member hopes having Marshall as premier will be good for new hospital

Diane Crocker
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The site of the proposed new regional hospital in Corner Brook is seen on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

CORNER BROOK  When Tom Marshall takes over as premier today a lot of  people are wondering what big things he’ll do for the west coast and in particular his hometown of Corner Brook.

“I really don’t know what to expect, but I’m hoping. I hope it will be good for us,” said Jim Drover on Thursday.

Drover is a member of the local health-care action committee that is pushing for construction of the new hospital in Corner Brook to start. The committee wants that hospital to be a facility that will meet the future needs of the area, and is concerned about what it calls a continuous downgrading in the plans.

Among the issues the committee has with the project are concerns that the new facility will contain fewer acute care beds, have less ultrasound machines, will not have a PET (positron emission tomography) scanner or a cancer treatment centre complete with a radiation unit.  

“They call it right sizing, we all know it’s downsizing,” said Drover. “If you’re going to keep downsizing it we’re going to be worse off than we are now. I’m afraid if it goes on too long it’ll be downgraded to the point where, you know, what’s the point?”

Drover said there are times now that there’s an overflow at Western Memorial where there’s sick people in the corridors. “There at their most vulnerable time with the public looking at them,” said Drover. “If they’re not going to build a hospital to fix that then if you’re in a new corridor or an old corridor, a public display while you’re sick, what’s the difference.”

Drover recognizes that Marshall is known as being a proponent for the west coast and the city and that’s why he’s hoping the new premier will do something about the hospital.

“He may only be interim premier, but still he got a lot of clout there now.”

Committee chair Israel Hann also hopes Marshall will do something to move the hospital project forward.

“I hope that the new premier will be kinder to us than the old (premier).”

Hann said his committee is still waiting to hear on when Health Minister Susan Sullivan will meet with them to discuss concerns about the hospital.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • Lonewolf
    January 23, 2014 - 19:55

    We had 2 Premiers before from the west coast and they did nothing for us so why do you think this is going to be any different.

  • Linda
    January 23, 2014 - 15:48

    LOL...Really, New hospital , because Marshall is our so call new premier, Please don't hold breath, you might find yourself on the way to St.John's looking for help.

  • david
    January 23, 2014 - 15:32

    Ah, this mythical 'palace of healing' yet again. Regardless, what an indictment of major infrastructure planning, of our governance, and of the cheesy bush-league, goombah politics and expectations s we wallow around in here . I know! .... Let's get him drunk!!