George Sweeney and Roland Butler, Liberal MHAs for the
Districts of Carbonear-Harbour Grace and Port de Grave, say a lack of
commitment to build a long-term heath care facility in Conception Bay North
(CBN) is resulting in poor quality care for those who need it most.
"Construction of a new facility for this region has long been identified as
a top priority for the health board," said Sweeney. "Rather than listening
to the needs of the professionals on the front lines, this government is
rejecting their concerns and identifying priorities of its own. It is time
for this government to put an end to its policy of charging down its own
path without consulting the people of the province."
Butler sees this as an example of government turning its back on rural
areas of the province. "While the Premier doesn’t seem to realize it, the
people of CBN are as entitled to adequate health care as are the people of
Corner Brook and other areas where new facilities are planned. It is
unfortunate that seniors who have contributed to society for their entire
lives are not able to access essential health care services in their own
Both MHAs say government’s plan to leave the people of CBN with
inadequate facilities is unacceptable, and appeasing the citizens of Corner
Brook, a large center in this province, is an old political trick.
"In making the announcement regarding the Corner Brook facility, Premier
Williams spoke of the look of happiness on the faces of seniors who will be
using the new facility," said Sweeney. "No mention, however, was made of
those who have been forgotten in the process. I agree that new facilities
are needed in other areas of the province, but CBN was identified several
years ago as an area facing an immediate need that should be accommodated in
the budgetary process.
"When health boards brought priorities to government several years ago, a
new facility for CBN was identified as being of equal importance to that of
Corner Brook. We are only asking that residents in our region be treated
equally when new health facilities are built in the province."