It’s close ... but not guaranteed

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It appears that having the new regional hospital in Corner Brook include a PET scanner and a radiation unit is getting closer to reality.

The opposition Liberals held a meeting in the city Tuesday night and released the details of a study they had done into the logic of putting a radiation unit in the facility.

The study, the Liberals say, showed it makes sense to include the unit in the hospital for the long-term good of the people of western Newfoundland and they are committed to including it.

They had earlier promised to put a PET scanner in the proposed hospital — if and when they win a general election and take over the government.

The provincial Tories are not as positive about including the scanner and radiation unit but they have moved from their original position of not entertaining either initiative.

But so far, as the local citizens committee points out, those are only political promises and nothing is yet signed and sealed ... much less delivered.

That means people all along this coast must continue to put pressure on politicians to ensure the best regional hospital possible is constructed.

Planning has been underway for years and it could soon be too late to make major changes to the massive project.

The people of this region will only get the regional hospital they need and deserve if they keep demanding it.

Civil servants and politicians who have no connection with this part of the province will be making decisions that impact our families and neighbours and they need to know how important this project is to all of us.

Cost is a factor, but it shouldn’t be the overriding one.

We must all keep pushing for a regional hospital that will properly serve the health needs of the people of this region for the next half century.

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland

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