Tom Marshall: Corner Brook hospital needs to be done right

The government set aside money in last week's budget to commission a study to determine what services are feasible for the yet-to-be completed new Corner Brook hospital.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall says work on the new hospital for Corner Brook needs to be done right, and that may take time. (CBC)

The province set aside money in last week's budget to commission a study to determine what services are feasible for the yet-to-be completed new Corner Brook hospital.

Premier Tom Marshall announced money for a study into a possible radiation unit, as well as putting aside space for a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner.

We have to do it right. You get one chance at this, and we have to ensure it's done properly- Tom Marshall

The budget earmarked $15 million for the project; of that, $500,000 will be spent to study radiation units. Marshall estimates the total costs of the build will run somewhere in the $800-million range, plus equipment.

He said this money would help cover the cost for a specialized room for the PET scanner, even though government hasn't committed to adding that technology to the new hospital.

The premier added that he'd like to see radiation services also available on the west coast of the island.

"We put money in the budget for a study into offering safe radiation services here in western [Newfoundland] and I want to do that — I want to see radiation services here," Marshall said.

But he added that people will simply have to wait if they want the hospital to endure.

"I know people are frustrated, they want it done quicker," Marshall said.

"We have to do it right. You get one chance at this, and we have to ensure it's done properly."

Marshall said one of the biggest roadblocks to ensuring the new hospital will function is finding, and keeping, the specialized staff necessary to run the equipment.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.