Health

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the provincial government should take very seriously a report released today by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association calling for a comprehensive, transparent, non-partisan review of the province’s health facilities and services.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

The provincial government’s decision to reduce the number of diabetes test strips patients are covered for is in direct opposition to last fall’s election promise and a pledge in their The Way Forward document, says NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi).

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is questioning government’s commitment to public health, in light of reports that the Department of Health and Community Services is backtracking on its decision last fall to provide the influenza vaccine free of charge to all who want it.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health and Community Services critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continues to express concern about government’s proposal to proceed with public-private partnerships (P3s) for the province’s pressing long-term care needs.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) and St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers participated in the Premier’s Health Summit yesterday. Michael says the premier should get a copy of the 2003 framework document Moving Forward Together: Mobilizing Primary Health Care if he wants to know how to build a primary health care framework.

 
NDP Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development brought the plight of one of her constituents to the House of Assembly today. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says “John” is a senior citizen who worked at minimum wage jobs all his life, and whose pared-down monthly expenses exceed his income by several hundred dollars.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants government to be clearer about which services it is committed to maintaining in the face of the “tough decisions” the Premier has talked about having to make due to the ongoing collapse in the price of oil.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says her concerns for the health care of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are mounting by the day. The federal government has not renewed the health care accord with the provinces; this will cost this province just over $20 million this year and almost half a billion dollars in the next 10.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) used her portion of Question Period in the House of Assembly today to point out to government that the reported shortage of local licensed practical nurses (necessitating the hiring of LPNs from Jamaica) is actually the direct result of healthcare policies.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continued to look for answers from the premier on the health summit he will host in January to determine how to reduce health care costs.

 

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