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David Brazil, Health Critic for the Official Opposition, said. “The Ball Liberals are wrong to dismiss serious concerns that people have raised about the facilities that will replace the Waterford Hospital.”
Friday, February 1, 2019

 

St. John’s, NL (January 31, 2019) – David Brazil, Health Critic for the Official Opposition, said. “The Ball Liberals are wrong to dismiss serious concerns that people have raised about the facilities that will replace the Waterford Hospital.”

 

“We all know we need a new mental health and wellness facility, but people have questions about the best location and design.  Instead of slamming the door on people’s concerns, the government needs to bring all the facts and options into the public arena, and let people come to their own conclusions about the best choice based on the evidence they see,” he said.

 

“Is the flood plain really the best location, or is there a better option?  What about watershed damage and other environmental impacts of the chosen site?” asked Brazil.  “Wouldn’t a park setting with ample green space be a better place to promote healing from mental illness than a busy highway?  Is there a more suitable space near Long Pond or Pippy Park, or does this tip the balance in favour of a new facility near Bowring Park in the Waterford Valley?”

 

Brazil said one of the biggest questions not yet resolved is whether the auxiliary centres throughout the province will be staffed with sufficient professionals to make the new model of care work.  “With 30% fewer beds than the Waterford, the new facility can work only if a network of auxiliary centres throughout the province is in place and properly staffed – but will those centres be ready, and if not, what will happen to patients who have no place to go?”

 

“There’s already a shortage of psychiatrists, forcing patients to wait years for care.  Where is the plan to recruit additional mental health professionals for locations outside St. John’s?”

 

Brazil said, “Yet again, the Ball Liberals have failed to show people a plan.  When they dismiss concerns instead of providing the evidence, it makes people worry the Liberal approach will leave people worse off.”

 

A Ches Crosbie PC Government will make health care decisions in the best interests of people based on the evidence.  This is in keeping with the PC Party policy of lower taxes, affordable energy and honest government.

 

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Denise Tubrett

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(c) 1.709.725.2594

DeniseTubrett@gov.nl.ca

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