CBS MHA Barry Petten wants the Liberal government to “remember rural Newfoundland and Labrador” when opening future Collaborative Care Clinics.
“The Liberal government needs to remember there’s more to Newfoundland and Labrador than what’s inside the overpass,” said the PC Opposition Critic.
Petten said the two new collaborative clinics announced by the Department of Health for St. John’s are welcome, but government needs to remember more rural parts of the province when planning its healthcare initiatives.
“The District of Conception Bay South represents a large swath of rural communities, and the town of Conception Bay South is the second largest municipality in the province. Bringing innovative healthcare services into these parts of the province is important to ensuring equity of healthcare service throughout Newfoundland and Labrador,” he argued.
Petten said he was encouraged by a recent consultation with the Health Accord team recognizing the unique challenges in Conception Bay South and surrounding region. The Health Accord commission is reviewing the province’s healthcare system on behalf of the government with a view to issuing recommendations to improve it.
But Petten added immediate solutions are needed in more rural areas.
“There is no acute care facility in Conception Bay South, which puts extra pressure on healthcare delivery in the region,” he said. “Sharing the collaborative team approach to healthcare throughout Newfoundland and Labrador is an important step towards fixing the healthcare crisis the Liberal government has allowed in our province.” said Petten. “Where is the plan to ensure these Collaborative Team Clinics are spread throughout our province, so equitable healthcare can be offered to everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador?”