Health and Community Services

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the government’s announcement of cutbacks by the provincial health boards will inevitably lead to a decrease in the level of patient care. She bases those statements on the reality of life in long-term care facilities under Eastern Health jurisdiction.

 

September 23-28 is Right to Know Week in Canada, and members of the NDP caucus are calling on government to bring Bill 29 back to the House of Assembly for a much-needed overhaul.

 
NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) wants to know what is causing the incredible delays in making decisions on treatment at the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program. She says she has heard from several people with macular degeneration who fear their eyesight is at risk.

 
NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers

Two NDP MHAs say government must act now to fix the provincial ambulance program before the situation in rural communities gets any worse. Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) and Service NL Critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) say recent cases have highlighted the urgency.

 

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA St. John’s Centre) says government has used Bill 29 to block her ability to access the internal assessment of the Family Violence Intervention Court (FVIC) which government commissioned in 2012.

 

NDP Health and Community Services Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA St. John’s Centre) is calling on Minister Sullivan to explain to the people of the province why government has been moving so slowly on the implementation of a much needed provincial electronic medical record system.

 

Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) called the new funding announced yesterday for home support agencies and personal care homes a stop-gap measure to avert a crisis.
“Government just narrowly missed a crisis this spring in home care and long-term care,” said Rogers. “They had to do something.”

 
NDP Health and Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says if government insists on keeping its core mandate reviews secret, the people of the province will never know how and why thousands of jobs are being lost. Rogers initially requested the core mandate review for the Department of Health and Community Services a month ago, and has since filed an access to information request.

 

NDP Health and Community Services Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is calling on Minister Sullivan to play a leadership role and help find a solution to the crisis that has developed around emergency dental services.

 

NDP Health and Community Services Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) is calling for government to release the findings of the review of the Provincial Ambulance Program.

 

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