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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Erosion of Health Services Painful to See in Rural Areas

 

Served by Central, Western and Labrador-Grenfell RHAs: Davis

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said people in rural communities served by the Central, Western and Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authorities are disheartened by the erosion of their health care services because of the 2016 Budget.

 

“Most of the measures the RHAs are taking will diminish the level of care and impose hardship and worry on families. And to think the total savings from these cuts represent just 5 per cent of the revenue the Premier lost by abruptly canceling the HST increase in January. These rural residents did not have to suffer like this,” said Davis. The cuts will save a total of $4,291,900 – $1,531,000 for Central, $1,365,400 for Western and $1,395,500 for Labrador-Grenfell. The province lost about $90 million because of the Premier’s decision to reverse the HST hike in the first six months of 2016.

 

Central

 

▪ Botwood’s health clinic will lose ER service overnight, meaning patients will have to travel as far as 91 km (60 minutes) to reach the nearest ER.

 

▪ Carmanville, Gander Bay (Wings Point), Hare Bay and Hermitage will lose their Community Health Clinics. Hermitage patients will have to travel 42 km (40 minutes) to reach the Harbour Breton clinic.

 

▪ St. Brendan’s, McCallum, Gaultois and Rencontre residents will have their primary care provider visits cut in half from bimonthly to monthly.

 

▪ Harbour Breton will trade their dialysis unit and two acute care beds for six long-term care beds.

 

Western

 

▪ Western Regional School of Nursing students will lose their residence, which can house 69 students.

 

Labrador-Grenfell

 

▪ North and South coast schedevac patients will pay higher costs for less-frequent air service.

 

▪ Central, Northern and Coastal Labrador residents will lose subsidized orthodontic services.

 

▪ Flower’s Cove, Roddickton-Bide Arm, Port Hope Simpson and Charlottetown residents will have reduced dental services.

 

▪ Black Tickle residents will have reduced health clinic service.

 

These and other measures will cost several frontline health care workers their jobs.

 

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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Communications, Office of the Official Opposition,

 

(709) 729 6105, heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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