Kelvin Parsons, MHA for the District of Burgeo - La Poile, is calling on
Health Minister John Ottenheimer to reject recommendations in the Hay Report
that call for cuts to services in Port Aux Basques and Stephenville.
is unfortunate that the Minister has not yet refuted these recommendations
that would be detrimental to the region," said Parsons. "In a news release
on February 24, 2005, the Minister declared that he would not close clinics,
regardless of the recommendations of the Hay Group. It is this same courtesy
I want the Minster to extend to the people of Stephenville and Port Aux
The Hay Group report recommended that obstetric, surgery and other
services be removed from health facilities in Port Aux Basques and
Stephenville. The report states that patients on the southwest coast could
access these services in Corner Brook, resulting in cost savings to
"There are special circumstances that exist in these communities that
obviously were not taken into consideration by the Hay Group when making
their assessments and recommendations. Weather conditions on the west coast
of this province are not comparable to those in other regions of this
province or anywhere else in Canada. It would be unfair to force patients to
drive to Corner Brook or Stephenville through the wreckhouse area to receive
necessary medical care.
"I have asked the Minister to immediately reject these proposed cuts by
making a commitment to the people of this region. The Minister cannot hide
behind the report, he has already rejected clinic closures and the people of
Stephenville and Port Aux Basques deserve to know what services they will
receive in the future."