Spend­ing at Car­bon­ear hos­pi­tal high­lighted

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

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.

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