Jones taps into sprinkler system issue

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Liberal Opposition Leader Yvonne Jones says the province is talking out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to shutting down personal care homes that don't have sprinkler systems installed.
Jones says there are several government owned and operated health-care facilities, including the Waterford Hospital in St. John's, the Paddon Home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Curtis Hospital in St. Anthony and the Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, that don't have sprinkler systems in place.
Government ordered 22 private personal-care homes shut down recently, after inspections showed that the owners hadn't carried out the retrofit recommended to them by the office of the fire commissioner.
"I find it very hypocritical that government in a heavy-handed manner ordered the closure of 22 privately run personal-care homes, yet has done nothing to fix the same problem at their own facilities. This is absolutely ridiculous," Jones says.
She says the province should be installing sprinklers in all public health buildings as well.
"We cannot allow a double standard where private-care homes are required to comply with health and safety regulations, yet government-run facilities do not. A fire can happen in any health-care complex and people must be protected at all times."

Organizations: Waterford Hospital, Curtis Hospital, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: St. John's, Happy Valley, Goose Bay St. Anthony Corner Brook

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  • Mark D.
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Another complaint from Ms. Jones. Perhaps she should propose a solution for consideration? Oh wait, she can't because she and the other 2 Liberals do not have any ideas. Didn't the Election teach you anything? No one cares what you have to say.

    Lorraine Michael is a far more effective leader of the Opposition.

  • MP
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Why are the hospitals in such bad shape today? Years of neglect courtesy of the governments of Tobin and Grimes. Jones doesn't really think she can talk about double standards, when it was her party that let it slide for years.

  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Minister Denine, it is time to let the Fire Commissioner speak on the issues of sprinkler systems as he is the expert in fire safety not you!

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    MP N just remember that thoses governments didn't have the Oil money flowing in but they are the ones that got the projects going so Mr. Williams should send out a big thank you to them but the man who started it all is the one and only Our Brian Peckford. Thank You :)

  • Mark D.
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Another complaint from Ms. Jones. Perhaps she should propose a solution for consideration? Oh wait, she can't because she and the other 2 Liberals do not have any ideas. Didn't the Election teach you anything? No one cares what you have to say.

    Lorraine Michael is a far more effective leader of the Opposition.

  • MP
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Why are the hospitals in such bad shape today? Years of neglect courtesy of the governments of Tobin and Grimes. Jones doesn't really think she can talk about double standards, when it was her party that let it slide for years.

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Minister Denine, it is time to let the Fire Commissioner speak on the issues of sprinkler systems as he is the expert in fire safety not you!

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    MP N just remember that thoses governments didn't have the Oil money flowing in but they are the ones that got the projects going so Mr. Williams should send out a big thank you to them but the man who started it all is the one and only Our Brian Peckford. Thank You :)