Health and Community Services

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants the premier to answer some straightforward questions about the possible addition of radiation treatment to the services offered by the Corner Brook hospital.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

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.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had questions today in the House of Assembly about the wait list for children whose parents are trying to determine if their children have autism.

 

George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) wrote a letter to the Minister of Health and Community Services asking for a review of regulations concerning personal care homes.

The recommendation comes following Mr. Murphy’s visit to the Cambridge Estates personal care home during a blackout on Saturday, January 4.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the Home Support Program, a paid family caregiver program announced in the House of Assembly yesterday, is not the solution the province’s families need.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

New Canadian Forces helicopters from Sikorsky, the same manufacturer of the helicopter that crashed off St. John’s in 2009, are required to have a thirty-minute run dry capability.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says nurses in the province are overworked and underappreciated; she adds the situation has been going on for long enough that government should have developed some solutions.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay and in Bonavista overworked registered nurses are forced to shoulder the burden of extra work due to permanent and temporary vacancies. Nurses are even working twenty-four hour shifts because of this situation.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, the CETA deal extending the patent on drugs could cost this Province up to $20 million annually. British Columbia and Ontario already have federal government commitments for compensation for this increased cost.

 

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