George Murphy Question Period (11.07.2013)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s East.

MR. MURPHY:Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I think that the minister needs to go down to Burin and look at the doctor situation there, because there is a chronic shortage already.

Mr. Speaker, the recent release of the Province’s ambulance review speaks to several changes, and severe changes, that are needed in order to have more effective patient transfer and care. Paramedics were consulted on the matters involved, as well as other public. Now government has started a new round of consultations. We would like to know why.

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Health and Community Services.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS SULLIVAN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I will respond to his preamble first. I was in Burin two weeks ago - he was asking me if I should go down – and had many conversations around the doctors. We are working on recruitment and we have seen some improvements in the recruitment in doctors down there, Mr. Speaker, and we are continuing to work on that. Things are moving.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS SULLIVAN: Mr. Speaker, as to part two, in terms of the ambulance review, we are very happy with the recommendations that have come forward through that ambulance review. Our goal is to see a more patient-centric ambulance review.

We have the recommendations. Now that we have them, we are going back to the various stakeholders of the ambulance operations in this Province, that being the ambulance operators and the ambulance health professionals, and those who use them, Mr. Speaker, to see where they sit with those recommendations.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

The Member for St. John’s East, time for a quick question without preamble.

MR. MURPHY: Mr. Speaker, the new consultations spell yet a further delay implementing a fix. Paramedics are getting tired of the delay. They want relief. When are they going to get it?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Health and Community Services.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS SULLIVAN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, I have no idea where the member opposite is getting that information. I have been speaking with ambulance operators. I have been speaking with the professionals. They are very happy that we are consulting them at this point in time. There will be no delay. We have committed to having that done by early December and then moving on, as was suggested within the recommendations that came to us.

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