Anna Thistle, MHA for the District of Grand Falls-Buchans, says Danny
Williams and his government should hang their heads in shame for their
refusal to fund renovations for the cancer clinic in Grand Falls-Windsor.
"I find it incomprehensible that government fudged the books so they
wouldnít show a surplus, using extra money to pay off the mortgage on The
Rooms that hasnít even opened itís doors," said Thistle. "Government has
taken the $70 million in new health funds from Ottawa, yet they have refused
to address the needs of cancer patients who are receiving treatment in an
inadequate facility and are allowing this human suffering to continue.
"Cancer patients are required to receive treatment in a small room
without any privacy. Many of these patients are quite ill and near the end
of their lives. Health professionals have voiced their concerns on this
issue to government many times, yet their voices have fallen on deaf ears.
"I cannot understand how Windsor-Springdale MHA Ray Hunter allowed his
government to turn itís back on the people of Grand Falls-Windsor in this
way. He should either demand this decision be overturned or tender his
"I will continue to raise this issue in the House of Assembly and in the
media until government finally listens. With $2 billion from Ottawa from the
new revenue sharing agreement and additional health care funding to improve
patient care, there is no excuse for this lack of compassion. The people of
Grand Falls-Windsor deserve much better and their voices will be heard by
government until this decision has been reversed."