Labrador-Grenfell Health chairman resigns
Ray Norman targets MHA in letter to minister
The Labrador-Grenfell Health board is without a chairman after Ray Norman has tendered his resignation.
Norman, the former mayor of Roddickton, notified Minister of Health and Community Services John Haggie last Monday that he would be stepping down, and blamed it on “cheap politics.”
In the letter, which was copied to Labrador-Grenfell Health CEO Tony Wakeham and Premier Dwight Ball, he stated his frustration with not being invited to several health-care funding announcements that day.
Funding worth $1.5 million was announced in Flower’s Cove for a new ambulance and an X-ray machine, in St. Anthony for an overhaul of its X-ray department and in Roddickton-Bide Arm, Norman’s hometown, for a new X-ray machine.
Norman pointed a finger at local MHA Christopher Mitch- elmore for neglecting to invite him.
“I can no longer function or continue as chair of LabradorGrenfell Regional Health with this kind of treatment and disregard from an elected representative of the people,” he said. “Too much sacrifice is required as a volunteer to be treated in such a manner.”
Although he will no longer sit on the board, Norman still wants to continue to advocate for the region and for the health authority.
“I had hoped to end my volunteer term on a more positive note; however, I find it impossible to continue under these circumstances and am tendering my resignation effective immediately.”
Mitchelmore released a statement about the situation.
“It was certainly not my intention to upset Mr. Norman,” Mitchelmore stated. “Upon learning he had not received an invitation and planned to resign as chair of the LabradorGrenfell Health board, my office immediately reached out to him to assure him it was an oversight and ask him to reconsider tendering his resignation. I thank Mr. Norman for his many years of service.”
The Progressive Conservatives were quick to respond with criticism.
In a long condemnatory post on Facebook, MHA Steve Kent called for a reprimand to both Mitchelmore and MHA Lisa Dempster, who is the MHA for Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair in southern Labrador, where another announcement was made in Forteau several weeks ago.
TC Media’s attempts to reach Norman were unsuccessful.
The Labrador-Grenfell Health board is now without a chair after Ray Norman has tendered his resignation.