Gerry Rogers Question Period (05.07.2012)
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.
MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, addictions are on the rise. There is one residential treatment facility to serve the whole Province; it has a wait list of six to seven weeks. The Pleasantville detox centre does not have the resources to take the people waiting desperately to get in, and there is no - absolutely no - medical detox program in the Province. Mr. Speaker, families are in crisis; people are dying.
I ask the Minister of Health and Community Services: What is her department doing to fix the problem of people not getting the treatment and the support they need in a timely manner?
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Health and Community Services.
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!
MS SULLIVAN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, as I outlined in previous questions that I answered here in the House today, this department is committed and this government is committed to seeing to it that the services that we provide through mental health and addictions are top-notch services in this Province, and that is why we continue to invest. That is why we have announced just last week that Eastern Health has gone forward with a program that will see to it that the Harbour Grace adult addictions centre will be open very soon. They have issued the contract. We are moving forward with the two youth (inaudible).