Health care

A new health com­mit­tee is be­ing formed in the Lewisporte area.

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY JOSH HEALEY Twitter: @joshrjhealey josh.healey@gan­der­bea­con.ca

The Lewisporte Town Coun­cil is in the midst of or­ga­niz­ing a new health care ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee and is on the look­out for mem­bers.

Lewisporte Mayor Brian Sce­viour said although the com­mit­tee isn’t fully formed, it would have a big man­date.

“Health care is one of the pri­mary con­cerns that we find from res­i­dents in the area,” he said. “It’s a ma­jor con­cern for a lot of peo­ple.”

To ad­dress this con­cern, the com­mit­tee is look­ing to re­cruit six to 10 mem­bers. Sce­viour high­lighted the need for a group that com­bines med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and cit­i­zens.

“The in­tent is to have a cross sec­tion of in­di­vid­u­als to bring dif­fer­ent view­points to the ta­ble,” said Sce­viour.

The ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee would mon­i­tor, gauge and ad­dress health care con­cerns within Lewisporte and out­ly­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

New clinic in town

The an­nounce­ment for the new health care ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee comes at the same time as a new med­i­cal clinic is be­ing built in Lewisporte.

An­other com­mu­nity- based group has pushed the con­struc­tion of a clinic for some time but the group is dis­solv­ing, says Sce­viour.

The ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee is look­ing to ful­fill a sim­i­lar role but on a wider scope, he said.

“We felt it was im­por­tant, from the health care per­spec­tive, to have a group lo­cally that was look­ing into all the con­cerns in the health care area,” Sce­viour said.

Gaï­tane Vil­leneuve, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Cen­tral Health, ex­plained that since the health author­ity orig­i­nally owned the land, Cen­tral Health has been work­ing with the town on re- zon­ing and other de­vel­op­ment is­sues.

“Cen­tral Health con­tin­ues to meet with the de­vel­oper, as one of our many ex­ter­nal part­ners to dis­cuss any op­por­tu­ni­ties to max­i­mize health ser­vices for the res­i­dents of Lewisporte and the sur­round­ing area,” wrote Vil­leneuve via email.

JOSH HEALEY/THE PI­LOT

The Lewisporte Town Coun­cil is or­ga­niz­ing a health care ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

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