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Concerns About Moving Lab Services From Grand Falls-Windsor to Gander
Information has not been made available as to the reason for this decision, what impact it will have on lab services and if there will be job losses in the Grand Falls-Windsor hospital.
Monday, May 25, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (May 25, 2020) –PC Opposition MHA’s Pleaman Forsey, representing Exploits, and Chris Tibbs, representing Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans, are raising concerns that plans are underway to see lab services moved from the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor to the James Paton Hospital in Gander.

In a request for proposal issued on May 14, 2020 relating to laboratory technology and infrastructure, it describes plans for the hospital in Gander to be the main testing lab for Central Health. Information has not been made available as to the reason for this decision, what impact it will have on lab services and if there will be job losses in the Grand Falls-Windsor hospital.

“The people of my district as well as in the surrounding areas are very concerned. We have no information about why Gander is being considered and no details about what this could mean for the hospital in Grand Falls-Windsor. Under this Liberal Government, the hospital in Botwood was stripped of 24-hour emergency services and now we see plans being made for lab services to be moved to the Minister of Health’s own district, with no explanation or rationale for this decision,” said Forsey.

The CEO of Central Health declined requests by both MHA Forsey and MHA Tibbs for discussion on this matter and referred them to the Department.

“The fact that the CEO refused to speak to us raises further concerns about this issue. Why is the CEO hiding from answering questions on this issue? Does she support the changes in lab services in Central Health or was this a decision made by Minister Haggie without her involvement? I have also been told that staff only found out about this change when the request for proposals was made public. This is simply not good enough and the people of our districts deserve better,” said Tibbs.

Forsey and Tibbs went on to say that there are many unanswered questions about what this change could mean and cited this issue as another example of why the people of this province need the legislature to reconvene as soon as possible to hold this Government accountable.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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