Labrador-Gren­fell Health chair­man re­signs

Ray Nor­man tar­gets MHA in let­ter to min­is­ter

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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