Government is saying they are not hearing from anyone in the Western Region about the proposed new hospital for the region that is to be located in Corner Brook. Now is the time to have your voice heard and let Minister Susan Sullivan & the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that we have a voice and that we will not settle for anything less than what was promised. Our hospital requires a PET Scanner and a Radiation Unit.
What are the issues/timelines surrounding the new Western Regional Hospital that will be located in Corner Brook?
- Construction of the new facility was announced in 2007 by Premier Danny Williams
- Site for the new hospital was announced in 2009 by Premier Danny Williams (related Western Star Article – September 9, 2009)
Approximately 7 years after the announcement we have:
- A cleared site
- A lot of questions
The major question that the the Western Region Hospital Action Committee (WRHAC) is asked is simple - Why has the estimated cost for the new hospital varied so much?
- In December 2012 Premier Dunderdale said the original estimated cost of $400 million had inflated to over $1 billion
- In May 2013 Premier Dunderdale said that the estimated cost was now between $500-$600 million
The WRHAC wants to know what has changed, scaled back or taken away?
This raises other questions that we would like to have answered.
- How many acute care beds will there be in the new hospital? 160 or less?
- How does this compare to the Western Memorial Regional Hospital as it stands now because according to their website, there are 192 acute care beds now?
- Why will a state-of-the-art, second to none hospital not have a radiation unit?
- Why will a state-of-the-art, second to none hospital not have a PET scanner?
This facility will service a large geographical region with over 82,000 people, many of whom have to travel to St. John’s, NL for cancer treatment and tests that would be routine at other state-of-the-art hospitals.
Now is time to have your say, now is time to become involved.