Health and Community Services

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

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.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

Today in the House of Assembly NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) asked questions of the minister of health and the premier.

Referencing the job cuts in Eastern Health, Michael asked the minister to clearly outline how her department is going to monitor how changes to ensure patient care will not be negatively affected.

 

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

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS MICHAEL: People are asking how Eastern Health can cut 385 positions and make other changes to the tune of $43 million without affecting the quality of patient care.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) questioned government today on how the quality of patient care at Eastern Health will be maintained in the face of the announcement today that 385 positions will be lost to attrition over the next two years.

 

St. John’s East MHA George Murphy had questions about ambulances in the House of Assembly today.

The 2010 Auditor General’s report outlined several problems in enforcing ambulance regulations. At that time the Department of Health and Community Services said it would upgrade the standards manual and the policies and procedures manual to address the problems.

 

NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill – Quidi Vidi) asked questions in the House of Assembly today about licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurse practitioners.

 

Today in the House of Assembly NDP Health and Community Services Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) asked government about the crises in methadone treatments.

“As the drug addiction crisis in the province grows,” said Rogers, “what is the minster doing to quickly deal with the situation?”

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s East.

MR. MURPHY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.

 

NDP MHA Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre) brought the plight of desperate constituents to the House of Assembly today. These are people who want to end their addictions, and feel government programs and policies have let them down.

 

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