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The issue of the new regional hospital planned for Corner Brook was raised in the House of Assembly by the Liberals again Monday.

Liberal leader Dwight Ball asked the Health minister if it was true that there are plans afoot to cut the number of ultrasound units from the present six to three in the new facility.

Avoiding a direct answer, Minister Susan Sullivan replied that government is reviewing all equipment that they think will be needed in the new hospital.

The Liberals have their own political reasons for continuing to prod the government about this multi-million dollar project ... but there isn’t much reaction from this part of the island from ordinary folks.

While hundreds of millions of dollars have been committed, it looks more and more like the government, instead of “rightsizing” the hospital, is intent on saving every cent it can and that isn’t necessarily good for the people of this area.

This regional hospital may well have to serve the people of this region for the next 50 years and it must be done correctly.

There won’t be a second chance once decisions are made and construction begins.

This region deserves a regional hospital that’s not only the right price ... but the right physical structure with the right services and the ability to adapt to changing needs decades into the future.

There has been study after study done by experts to determine the health needs of the region.

Hiring these consultants is a good first step, but they and their families won’t be living here and depending on the new hospital for what must be high-quality health care in a top-notch facility.

The people of this region should demand to be heard before any final decisions are made.

It’s our health needs that have to be paramount in this process.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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