‘TOXIC EN­VI­RON­MENTS’ OF CEN­TRAL HEALTH NEED RE­VIEW

Town of Gan­der wel­comes in­de­pen­dent re­view

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Mayor Percy Far­well and the Town of Gan­der are com­mend­ing Health Min­is­ter John Hag­gie for launch­ing an ex­ter­nal re­view of Cen­tral Health.

Hag­gie an­nounced the re­view on Feb. 6. The in­de­pen­dent study will fo­cus on the health au­thor­ity’s board of di­rec­tors and se­nior man­age­ment.

For some time, Far­well said coun­cil has been re­ceiv­ing neg­a­tive feed­back about op­er­a­tions at Cen­tral Health.

Spe­cific to Gan­der, there have been con­cerns about the num­ber of fam­ily physi­cians, re­cruit­ment and par­tic­u­larly, re­ten­tion of doc­tors at James Pa­ton Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

Even when things seemed to be go­ing well, Far­well said, it didn’t last long.

“We had pos­i­tive news over the sum­mer that there were a num­ber of new spe­cial­ists re­cruited to work here, but in the months since we’ve heard noth­ing but res­ig­na­tions, con­sid­er­a­tions of res­ig­na­tion and de­par­tures,” he said.

“In so many places you are hear­ing what is be­ing de­scribed as a toxic en­vi­ron­ment in terms of work­ing for this em­ployer in this hos­pi­tal, and that has to be taken se­ri­ously.”

While Far­well says the out­come of the study can’t be pre-judged, he hopes it can shed some light on the sit­u­a­tion.

“Hope­fully, the in­de­pen­dent re­view will cut through a num­ber of things, talk to the right peo­ple and ar­rive at some con­clu­sions around what the prob­lem is,” he said.

“I don’t want to pre-judge, but it seems like the fo­cus of this re­view ap­pears to be ap­pro­pri­ate given the vol­ume of ev­i­dence out there and the con­cerns that have been ex­pressed.”

“In so many places you are hear­ing what is be­ing de­scribed as a toxic en­vi­ron­ment in terms of work­ing for this em­ployer.” – Gan­der Mayor Percy Far­well

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Mayor Percy Far­well and the Town of Gan­der are com­mend­ing Health Min­is­ter John Hag­gie for is­su­ing an ex­ter­nal re­view of Cen­tral Health.

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