Frank Coleman. — Telegram file photo
Progressive Conservative party leadership hopeful Frank Coleman is supporting the addition of a radiation therapy unit at the proposed new hospital to be built in Corner Brook.
The Corner Brook businessman met with the Western region Hospital Action Committee on Monday in the city. The committee has raised several concerns with the plans for the new hospital, including the lack of a dedicated radiation unit and positron emission tomography (PET) scanner.
While Coleman said in a prepared release that he supports a radiation therapy program for the western region, he stopped short of committing to the PET scanner until he consults experts as to whether there is a good case for the machine in Corner Brook, should he become leader of the province’s governing party
“We all agree that health care is an issue (that) impacts on everyone in this province — no matter where they live,” said Coleman in the release.
“It is also one of the most costly areas of government spending and as such we need to work together as a people to find solutions to sustain the system while continuing to meet the health needs of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”