NEW BRUNSWICK VOTES 2006

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Lord's Prescription

CBC Online News | Updated Aug. 18, 2006

On June 9, 2004 Bernard Lord's government delivered some tough medicine for New Brunswick's health care system.

Premier Bernard LordThe four-year plan called for 298 hospital bed closures, the elimination of hospitals in Woodstock, Dalhousie, Caraquet and St. Quentin, staff layoffs and consolidation of non-clinical services like laundry and food.

The changes were supposed to save $46 million, and make the province healthier.

The money was to help pay for four community health centres, create new and improved programs, such as methadone clinics in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton and vaccination programs for children.

Despite the new programs and healthy hopes, thousands protested the plan on the steps of the provincial legislature.

Health Minister Elvy RobichaudThey carried picket signs calling for the resignations of both the premier and former Health Minister Elvy Robichaud.

Two years later, many people are still angry about the changes, especially in Woodstock and northern New Brunswick, where small communities equate the loss of hospital services with a loss of faith in their ability to thrive and attract new people and jobs.

Most of the hardest-hit communities voted for Liberal MLAs in the last election, so the Tory party may not be affected by lingering resentment over the changes. However, with redistribution, it's anyone guess how anger over the health reforms will play out on election day.

Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Moncton (Dumont)
Ste. Anne
Region 1B
330

20
350
28


28



0
302

20
322
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Moncton (City)
Sackville
Albert
Region 1SE
409
21
0
430
28


28



0
381
21
0
402
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Saint John (SJRH)
Saint John
(St. Jos)
St. Stephen
Sussex
Grand Manan
Black’s Harbour
Region 2
537

62

59
36
10


704
24



19
11
0


54









0
513

62

40
25
10
0

650
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Fredericton (DECH)
Woodstock
Oromocto
Perth
Bath
Minto
Plaster Rock
Fredericton (SCRC)
Harvey
McAdam
Stanley
Waterville
Region 3
330

39
45
27
17
9
15
16




0
498
16

39
0
12
17
9
15






108













70
70
314

0
45
15
0
0
0
16

0
0
0
70
460
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Edmundston
Grand Falls
St. Quentin
Region 4
169
35
12
216
0
15
10
25



0
169
20
2
191
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Campbellton
Dalhousie
Region 5
146
44
190
0
44
44


0
146
0
146
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Bathurst
Tracadie
Caraquet
Lameque
Region 6
230
59
39
12
340
15

39

54




0
215
59
0
12
286
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Miramichi
Region 7
183
183
27
27

0
156
156
Interactive Map: Hospital beds by region by facility

Pass your mouse over the locations on the map to find out the details of hospital bed closures or view complete list.




 
Table: Hospital Beds by Region by Facility
Facility Beds in operation Beds removed from the system Beds added to the system Total beds remaining
Moncton (Dumont)
Ste. Anne
Region 1B
330

20
350
28


28



0
302

20
322
Moncton (City)
Sackville
Albert
Region 1SE
409
21
0
430
28


28



0
381
21
0
402
Saint John (SJRH)
Saint John
(St. Jos)
St. Stephen
Sussex
Grand Manan
Black’s Harbour
Region 2
537

62

59
36
10

704
24



19
11
0

54








0
513

62

40
25
10
0
650
Fredericton (DECH)
Woodstock
Oromocto
Perth
Bath
Minto
Plaster Rock
Fredericton (SCRC)
Harvey
McAdam
Stanley
Waterville
Region 3
330

39
45
27
17
9
15
16




0
498
16

39
0
12
17
9
15






108













70
70
314

0
45
15
0
0
0
16

0
0
0
70
460
Edmundston
Grand Falls
St. Quentin
Region 4
169
35
12
216
0
15
10
25



0
169
20
2
191
Campbellton
Dalhousie
Region 5
146
44
190
0
44
44


0
146
0
146
Bathurst
Tracadie
Caraquet
Lameque
Region 6
230
59
39
12
340
15

39

54




0
215
59
0
12
286
Miramichi
Region 7
183
183
27
27

0
156
156
Information from Government of New Brunswick - Health futures: Securing New Brunswick's health care system - The provincial health plan 2004 - 2008 (1.36 mb - PDF)








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