Health and Community Services

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.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) remained focused on the problems with hospital emergency room care today in Question Period in the House of Assembly. She began by referring to a mis-statement made by the health minister on Thursday.

 

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

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

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continues to press for answers on the province’s hospital emergency rooms. Michael says she continues to hear from patients, physicians and hospital employees about situations that appear to be getting more serious rather than improving.

 

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

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

Yesterday the Minister of Health and Community Services said her department is looking at increasing the hours of physicians and other health professionals in ER departments during peak times.

 

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.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know how bad emergency room experiences have to get before they receive some serious attention from government. Michael, who is also the NDP Health Critic, says people are still enduring lengthy wait times and other symptoms of an under-resourced system.

 

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

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

 
NDP Fire and Emergency Services Critic George Murphy

NDP Fire and Emergency Services critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) is hopeful government will act quickly in response to a consultant’s report on the provincial road ambulance system.

 

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