Michael questions Eastern Health ERs, status of Lab West silica dust
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had questions in the House of Assembly today about emergency rooms at Eastern Health. She also wants to know what action is being taken on the dangerous levels of silica dust in the mines in Labrador West.
“As of January 20, 2014, according to government’s own figures, there were 51 persons in Eastern Health waiting in acute care hospital beds for a long term care bed. We know that this situation is a key cause of people lined up in ER waiting for hospital admission,” Michael said in the House.
“Will the Premier tell us what is this government’s plan to free up acute care beds which are now used by necessity by patients waiting for long term care?”
“In November of 2012, IOC workers expressed concern that silica dust levels in the Labrador West mines were eight times the acceptable level, and called on government to enforce the legal minimum dust levels,” Michael said. “Now their representatives are saying that dust levels are worse than ever.
“I ask the Minister, will he ensure that IOC is complying with minimum silica dust levels?
“Workers in the Labrador West mines worked fought hard to get the Silica Code of Practice in 2006. Why isn’t his Department strictly enforcing this Code?
Michael also wants to know the progress of the medical silica dust study announced last year.