Health and Community Services

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael is calling on the Liberal government to immediately reverse its decision to eliminate doctor-delivered flu shots under MCP. In May 2017, the provincial government cut flu shots from doctors’ billing codes with a plan to direct patients to public health care clinics.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

A recent provincial government decision that will effectively bar people from getting flu shots from their family doctors is not sitting well with NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael. In an unusual public policy change, the provincial government recently delisted flu shots from doctors’ billing codes.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants to know exactly what government means when it talks about “consolidating” portions of the province’s health authorities. Michael asked today in the House of Assembly whether government is actually talking about privatizing the administration of things like payroll, information technology, finance and purchasing.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is not convinced that adding the extra job of collecting blood samples to the already-heavy workload of emergency room nurses will do anything to reduce wait times, as the minister indicated yesterday in the House of Assembly. Michael returned to the topic today during Question Period.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health & Community Services critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is mystified as to why government permitted Eastern Health to make an abrupt addition today to the duties of Registered Nurses at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s. Michael says assigning blood collection work to the highly-trained RNs, who already overworked, seems counterproductive.

 
NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says reports about wait times for cardiac surgery indicate an alarming trend for this province, and she would like answers to some questions about the reasons for the increases.

 
NDP Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

NDP critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says there is a one-year waitlist in the Provincial Hearing Aid Program. This is causing further problems ranging from increased isolation to threat of job loss for people who are waiting for new hearing aids.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) has written to the premier asking for refugees in this province to have access to medical care.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) wants government to find out what is going on with breast cancer testing for Eastern Health. In February, the then-Health Minister and then-head of Eastern Health held news conferences to reveal problems with testing.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had more questions regarding government’s provision of dental care to residents of the province. Yesterday, Michael and a denturist held a news conference about the massive failure of a program which should make it possible for people to get the dentures they need.

 

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