NDP Leader looking for hospital analysis
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what sort of analysis Eastern Health did before concluding that massive reductions in the workforce are necessary – and why this information cannot be shared with the public.
“All we are being told is that we are spending more money than other Canadian hospitals,” Michael said today. “It’s all dollars and cents with no mention of the quality of care. We do not know which other hospitals we are being compared to, we do not know what issues they may be facing due to understaffing, we are being told nothing but the financial information.”
Since Wednesday’s announcement that more than 550 positions will be lost at Eastern Health, Michael has heard from patients, their families, workers, and members of the general public. “There is the absolute concern that care is going to suffer,” she said today. “There is no sense that these measures have been carefully thought through.”
The NDP leader had two questions coming out of her briefing from Eastern Health on Wednesday. “I asked which hospitals were used for the comparison,” she said. “I would also very much like to see a breakdown of exactly which employees Eastern Health feels we can do without. How many nurses will we lose? How many LPNs and PCAs?”
Michael says the minister of health must show leadership on the issue.
“The minister has an absolute responsibility for the accountability of the health boards,” Michael said. “Why isn’t she asking for an analysis? And if she is, why isn’t she sharing it with the people of Newfoundland and Labrador?”