Spending at Carbonear hospital highlighted
With a provincial election less than two months away, a local MHA with the governing Progressive Conservatives took time last week to highlight healthcare spending in the Trinity Conception area.
Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn broke down where the Department of Health and Community Services is spending $1.2 million in the area as part of the current budget.
Last Tuesday’s announcement was the second in seven months about health-care spending in the region. The announcement in March concerned $2.8 million allocated for the 2014-15 fiscal year, with $2.5 million specific to the hospital.
For the current year, $1.1 million will be spent on equipment and upgrades at Carbonear General Hospital. Replacement beds and stretchers, a new ultrasound for the diagnostic imaging department, a laboratory freezer and incubator are among the items covered by $510,000. The remaining $500,000 will cover ongoing work to upgrade the hospital’s electrical system.
“By supporting the delivery of a strong, sustainable health-care system in Newfoundland and Labrador, we continue to build a solid foundation for the future health and well being of the people of the province,” said Littlejohn.
Eastern Health vice-president George Butt, who is based in Carbonear, said the electrical upgrades are particularly critical to hospital operations under emergency circumstances.
“We’re making big steps there,” he said, adding the new ultrasound will benefit radiologists and create new efficiencies by freeing up other rooms in the hospital.
A further $185,000 will pay for replacement beds at Harbour Lodge Nursing Home in Carbonear and Pentecostal Senior Citizen’s Home in Clarke’s Beach.
Last month, Placentia-St. Mary’s MHA Felix Collins made a similar announcement about health-care spending for Whitbourne and Placentia. The provincial election takes place Nov. 30.
Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn, left, and Carbonear Mayor George Butt Jr. chat with one of the hospital employees at Carbonear General. Littlejohn announced last Tuesday how the Trinity Conception area is factoring into the province’s health care spending for 2015-16.