Online petition set up by hospital action committee

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CORNER BROOK — The Western Region Hospital Action Committee has started an online petition so people can send a message to the province’s Health minister.

“Send the minister of Health, Susan Sullivan a message demanding that the proposed western region hospital be constructed complete with PET scanner and radiation unit,” the website, at http://www.wrhac.ca/petition, states.

“The residents of western Newfoundland and Labrador deserve a hospital with all the necessary treatment and diagnostic services available to other parts of the province,” the petition, a letter to the minister, states.

The letter references the long distance travel and the time away from family that residents of the region must endure for treatment and medical procedures, saying it’s a financial burden.

This is unacceptable, according to the petition, and a PET scanner and a radiation unit is a priority.

Weblink: www.wrhac.ca/petition

Organizations: Western Region Hospital Action Committee

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • eric fitzgerald
    January 29, 2014 - 10:39

    Health minister Susan Sullivan. western New-foundland and Labrador . deserve a hospital with all the necessary treatment and diagnostic services. the Pet scanner and a radiation unit is a priority.

  • Shirley Power
    January 29, 2014 - 09:27

    Did Susan Sullivan drive out from St. John's today ? Will she be driving back? I don't think so. If she did she would under stand what a sick person has to endure. A sixteen hour drive three or more times a year to receive treatment. Plus the expenses.

  • Marilyn White
    January 29, 2014 - 08:18

    Dear Ms. Sullivan, As a concerned citizen of Corner Brook, I am requesting that you give consideration to the need for essential equipment and services for the proposed new hospital in Corner Brook. The latest technology (ie PET scanner) should be the norm when constructing a new facility if we want to be able to provide the best diagnostic services to our residents. As for the construction of a Radiation Unit, this service will provide much easier and less stressful access to residents from not only the western region but also Labrador, central and the whole west cost from north to south. Persons requiring radiation are at a very vulnerable time in their lives dealing with their diagnosis, painful and discomforting treatments and often facing the uncertainty of their future. These persons should not have to deal with extensive travel, financial concerns and separation from their support system whom they need desperately in order to get through their ordeal. Please consider the impact of these requests on those needing care when coming to final decisions on the construction of the new health care facility. Thank you for your time, Marilyn White