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Dave Brazil, Official Opposition Critic for Health, is asking the Minister of Health to investigate whether lockdown protocols were properly followed at the Health Sciences Centre following a bomb threat on December 19.
Friday, December 21, 2018

St. John’s, NL (December 20, 2018) – Dave Brazil, Official Opposition Critic for Health, is asking the Minister of Health to investigate whether lockdown protocols were properly followed at the Health Sciences Centre following a bomb threat on December 19.

News media reported that the hospital declared a code black in response to a threat.  This should have prevented people from entering the facility during the lockdown  But the Opposition has heard that people got access to the building despite the lockdown.

“The Health Sciences Centre is our province’s only tertiary care centre.  Some of our most seriously ill people are under care at the facility.  A significant number of people go in and out of the building’s many entrances on any given day.  Fortunately this incident did not lead to a tragedy, but effective protocols must be in place for the worst-case scenarios, to keep people safe,” said Brazil.

“The Minister of Health needs to get to the bottom of what happened, and reassure people that the protocols are effective, and that they were properly implemented,” he said.

Contacts:
Bradley Russell
Director of Policy and Research
(p) 1.709.729.3668
(c) 1.709.685.3161
BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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