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Dear Editor: First of all I shouldn’t have to write a letter about this topic because it should be self-evident.

I am a member of the new hospital committee for the west coast, Northern Peninsula, south coast and Labrador.

The opinions I express are strictly my own.

Every time we want something for the part of the island, it seems we have to fight tooth and nail to get what we want.

I appears to me the powers that be on the east coast don’t want to see a new radiation centre or a new PET scanner in our planned regional hospital.

(Remember if these things are not installed during the initial construction, I believe they will never be put there.)

Do you know why they don’t want this equipment here?

I’m convinced it’s because they have a booming business in St. John’s with people coming from the west, south, Northern Peninsula and Labrador for cancer treatment.

Cancer treatments can cost a patient as much as $8,000 a trip.

There are many people with this disease who are not financially able to afford the cost of making these trips so what do they do?

They simply have to wait and hope.

The government says it’s not feasible to have this equipment here mainly due to lack of staff. I think that’s nonsense because there are highly-trained people who want to come and work here.

The odds are stacked against us.

It looks to me like some provincial politicians are sitting on the fence waiting to see how the winds of public opinion blow. This will surely be a political issue in the next general election and politicians of all stripes should keep that in mind.

I implore as many of the general public as possible to attend the next public meeting of this committee.

This is going to be an uphill battle and we can’t do it without your support.

Remember, our loved ones are just as important to us as their loved ones on the east coast.

They deserve the best care possible and be able to get it close to home.

We need a treatment facility here on the west coast that is second to none.

I would also like to thank Eddie Joyce for his continued stand for this new hospital and all his help in this matter.

Lew White, Corner Brook

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Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, Labrador, Corner Brook

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  • Edward Smith
    April 03, 2014 - 11:12

    Good for Lew White for speaking up. I would like to hear from other hospital committee board members as well. It's about time we did some sabre rattling on the west coast to get all the same medical equipment as they have in St. John's. Let's hope we are not backing ourselves into a corner such that by the time the new hospital is finally built and opened, it will be obsolete and the demand for radiation and other treatments will have doubled or tripled. For just once, can't we do it right the first time?