Sullivan questions Liberal commitment to PET scanner for Corner Brook

Diane Crocker
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Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan.

CORNER BROOK  Susan Sullivan believes a Liberal commitment to put a PET scanner in Corner Brook’s new hospital is “very much a political decision.”

It’s one the Health Minister said Monday is made “to curry favour with the electorate.”

Opposition Leader Dwight Ball publically committed to putting a PET scanner in the new facility during a public meeting, attended by over 200 people, in the city last Thursday.

Sullivan said the Liberals are on record saying that the province needs to extract better value for dollars spent in health care.

“And Mr. Ball’s decision on a PET scanner for the west coast is in direct contradiction of that position,” she said.

Ball told those gathered at the Greenwood Inn and Suites that his party has “done enough research on PET scanning to know that in eight years time there’s no reason in the world Western Memorial wouldn’t have a PET scanner.” He said by the time the new hospital is built it would be basic equipment.

Sullivan, however, would like to know where Ball and his party are getting their information.

“That’s not any of the research that we have uncovered here in the Department of Health and Community Services. It is not what the World Health Organization is telling us. It is not what the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Information and Research is telling us.”

As for the hospital becoming an election issue, Sullivan said “I have every faith that the people of the western region of the province, when they have all of the facts and they’re presented with the facts, I think that they will agree that real value for dollars spent has to be at the core of any decision making that we do around health care.”

Sullivan will be in the city within the next few weeks to meet with Corner Brook City Council and other municipalities about the new hospital. She also plans to meet with the executive of the local health-care action committee that organized last week’s meeting.

She said she’s heard the concerns about the facility that were discussed at the meeting through the media and they are things the province can answer.

“I certainly understand that the people of the western region of the province want the best facility possible. And we want that for them too.”

Organizations: Greenwood Inn, Department of Health and Community, World Health Organization Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Information Corner Brook City Council

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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  • susan
    January 19, 2014 - 15:55

    Dianne look at vaugn granter track record be fore you judge eddie'all he does is chase tom and katy around humber west is dead..

  • clay
    January 19, 2014 - 13:30

    Dianne look at vaugn granter track record be fore you judge eddie'all he does is chase tom and katy around humber west is dead..

  • Mary
    January 17, 2014 - 14:31

    I read the article, now I am sure the Progressive Conservatives have to be swept from power in this province. This government is doing us no favors and that was apparent from the article..

    January 16, 2014 - 12:57


  • david
    January 14, 2014 - 12:52

    And while need help, the political football gets kicked and kicked and read it here years ago folks: There is no hospital. There never was. Just a hot-button manipulation issue to go to the polls on, duping and abusing desperate people into electing selfish, do-nothing slobs into cushy jobs. While you, your family, your friends all suffer. Maybe die. Hooray for Newfie politics.

  • Henry
    January 14, 2014 - 11:20

    Minister Sullivan the people of Western Region want a PET scanner and radiation unit placed in this new hospital. If you are coming to Corner Brook to explain away why this should not be done then you and the Progressive Conservatives are in for a rude awaking. The two seats belonging to Vaughn Granter and Tom Marshall may be hanging in the balance during the next election. Facts are facts citizens on the Island have been disadvantaged long enough at considerable financial cost and hardships by having to travel to St. John's to have cancer treatment.... Where is the fairness in that? It is time for the prosperity benefits from oil to flow out on the Island and not just St. John's and generally the East coast of the province.

  • Blunt
    January 14, 2014 - 08:54

    Yes, and I too have every faith in the people of the west coast too Ms. Sullivan.......the faith that we will turf the lot of you in 2015 !!!!!

  • Ambrose
    January 14, 2014 - 06:19

    Mr Wayne Bennett, just because the PC's make promise's. That don't mean Mr Ball got to do the same thing. Missleading the people. Your talking about life and death, Not scoring politics.

  • peter barry
    January 14, 2014 - 05:52

    talk all you want ms sullivan but the people of the west coast know exactly what we are getting from you and that is a downsized hospital.the one that was promised by williams marshall and dunderdale back in 2007 is not what we are getting.we have seen the design of the new hospital just after it was announced and then you go and spend more money on a new about your waste of can talk about wanting the right fit for the people here but we all know whats going on.shamefull.

  • Jack
    January 14, 2014 - 05:36

    I was at that meeting, Ball made a promise, which we all know will not be take place. he is so use's putting his foot in his mouth, just something normal for the man.

  • Ben
    January 13, 2014 - 18:31

    You know it's politics! Ball will promise the moon now til 2015. We will be back to the huge debt if the Liberals take over again!

  • Wayne R.. Bennett
    January 13, 2014 - 15:47

    "It’s one the Health Minister said Monday is made “to curry favour with the electorate.” If the Liberals are making the muched talked about hospital a political issue, then what were the PCs doing during the Municipal election of 2009? Was it not currying the electorate to vote for municipal candidates who were favored by the PC government by announcing the construction of a new hospital? Although the PET Scanner and most likely at full Cancer Suite may cost this province some additional tax dollars, it will lessen the financial burden on taxpayers on the West, Southwest and North Coasts. By rights, a Provincial Hospital should have been built in Gander. Gander is centrally located and has the added benefit of an airport of air medical. It was not and now we have a chance to right this wrong with a fully functional hospital on the West Coast. A new hospital is going to be built after 2015. It will be a political issue! The thing is that it will be too late for our foot dragging and rightsizing PC government to save their seats on this side of the Island. Wayne R. Bennett Concerned Progressive Conservative

  • Scott
    January 13, 2014 - 15:37

    Gerry - Dwight - Eddy, hope ye guy's are reading this article , You may learn something from this lady. Wait until she come to corner brook. Ye guy's are going to be sorry for misleading the people.

  • Dianne
    January 13, 2014 - 15:18

    Susan, you have to forgive Dwight, His promise to the people of the west coast don't have any foundation. The poor man just hoping to score some political points, As for his side kick, Eddy Joyce, all you got to do, look at his district.