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Clinical chief of lab medicine resigns; two others disciplined

There has been fallout from the cyclosporine errors for three Eastern Health employees, including the chief of laboratory medicine who has resigned.

Dr. Nash Denic, who was also a witness at the Cameron Inquiry, will continue to have physician privileges in Eastern Health but his new role has not been decided, said CEO Vickie Kaminski Wednesday afternoon as she and Health Minister Jerome Kennedy faced reporters outside the legislature after Eastern Health met with lab staff for several hours.

Jerome Kennedy, minister of health and community services, joined Vickie Kaminski, president and CEO of Eastern Health, to speak to the media outside the House of Assembly Wednesday afternoon. - Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

There has been fallout from the cyclosporine errors for three Eastern Health employees, including the chief of laboratory medicine who has resigned.

Dr. Nash Denic, who was also a witness at the Cameron Inquiry, will continue to have physician privileges in Eastern Health but his new role has not been decided, said CEO Vickie Kaminski Wednesday afternoon as she and Health Minister Jerome Kennedy faced reporters outside the legislature after Eastern Health met with lab staff for several hours.

"Dr. Denic understands he did not fulfil the obligations around occurrence reporting, and he had offered his resignation today (as clinical chief). We accepted," Kaminski said of the failure of the senior executive to be informed in a timely manner of the lab errors.

Lab staff should have been filling out occurrence reports as early as last fall when there were some hints at a problem and Denic should have told Kaminski about the errors when they became apparent in January.

Another member of the biochemistry lab has been reassigned to desk duties pending the outcome of further review and a third person in the lab has been given a letter of reprimand.

Neither of those two employees was named.

A year after the Cameron Inquiry report on errors in a different lab faulted Eastern Health's lack of documentation of errors and other serious failings, Kennedy and Kaminski had a warning for staff at all health care authorities around the province to basically shape up or ship out when it comes to following policy.

Since the Cameron Inquiry and the Task Force on Adverse Events, Eastern Health has embarked on costly training and beefed up policies requiring occurrence reporting.

"If I were sitting in a senior management job at Eastern Health right now I would be watching myself closely to ensure I know and have read Cameron and understand Cameron," Kennedy said, warning of further ramifications.

"The day is finished when people in this system do not comply with basic requirements such as occurrence and adverse event reporting."

A boy remains in intensive care in the Janeway. Already ill, he was given too much of the drug cyclosporine, which can be toxic.

The machine that caused the errors, a mass spectrometer analyzer, is used to measure levels of the drug in patients' blood. It is given to patients with immune disorders and as an anti-rejection drug for organ transplants. The machine was not calibrated to recognize there can be an interfering substance, known as metabolite, which exists naturally in the metabolism of some patients and in rare instances can interfere with cyclosporine causing the machine to show artificially low levels of the drug.

Kennedy again apologized to patients for the errors Wednesday.

"What I would say to 12,867 staff members at Eastern Health if you wonder why we're harping about the importance of doing (occurrence reporting), that is a good example," Kaminski added.

Kennedy warned last week that if a culture of denial still existed in Eastern Health, people who couldn't change with the Cameron Report should move on.

"There has to be a total acceptance of responsibility," he said Wednesday.

"There has to be an acceptance that 'We screwed up and we have to learn from our mistakes' ... My confidence is shaken."

Kennedy continues, however, to defend how the errors were disclosed to the public. Testing is now being done in Halifax.

On Tuesday, Eastern Health released the findings of an internal investigation of the errors.

The investigation found that occurrence reports on problems in Eastern Health's biochemistry lab should have been submitted as early as last fall, but no documentation was filed until Eastern Health CEO Vickie Kaminski asked for it Feb. 19.

Nor was Kaminski and the executive informed in a timely manner of the cyclosporine testing errors. There was some hint of a problem in the lab last fall which wasn't reported. At the time, however, the lab wasn't aware patients were getting incorrect results.

In January, a nurse redflagged testing discrepancies, but it was a month later that Kaminski was told of the errors.

All that flies directly in the face of the findings of the Cameron Inquiry into immunohistochemistry lab testing errors to determine breast cancer treatment, a scandal that rocked Eastern Health and the Department of Health. The labour of that inquiry was compounded by the lack of reports on what had happened in the immunohistochemistry lab over several years.

Kennedy said it's "incomprehensible" that while the mistakes were clearly known in the lab on Feb. 12 when the testing was suspended, Kaminski wasn't told until Feb. 19.

When asked for the lab staff's explanation of not filling out occurrence reports, Kaminski said they had no excuse.

Last fall, it was noticed that the results of a couple of patients didn't match their conditions, but the lab said the equipment was working, unaware of the metabolite issue. Still no reports were ever filled out until after Kaminski was told of the errors.

"Their explanation was 'We asked the question. We were assured everything was fine. Everything was coming back looking fine and we accepted that as a blip on the radar. We asked again. We were assured through testing it was fine and realized in February the magnitude,'" Kaminski said.

University Health Network arrives today to begin its outside investigation of the biochemistry lab and then the rest of Eastern Health's lab, but it will be eventually examining all labs in the province. It will also be supervising the operation of Eastern Health's labs for now.

The mass spectrometer analyzer went into operation in June 2009.

The problem with the metabolite was identified in a 2005 international research paper. Eastern Health did no literature research when it acquired the machine.

The manufacturer, Waters Corp., was brought in to direct its installation. According to Eastern Health, the metabolite problem was not in the manufacturer's standard operating procedures, which are relied on when machinery is set up.

At question still is the role the manufacturer has played and University Health Network will help sort that out, Kaminski said.

The employee who has been put on desk duty is in that role "pending the further review of the company's roles and responsibilities with the machine's calibration."

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) said Wednesday the lab errors indicate the work culture in some areas

of the laboratories has seen no significant changes since the testing errors that sparked the Cameron Inquiry.

"A complete external review of the entire system is long overdue. If Ms. Kaminski can't trust that new protocols for the labs are being put in place, how can we trust that there are not other grave errors in the system?" Michael said in a news release.

Meanwhile, when a Telegram reporter attempted to ask Kennedy about the biochemistry errors Wednesday morning at another health news conference related to funding for breast screening, the health minister became testy.

The afternoon scrum on the errors had not yet been scheduled, but Kennedy took offence to the question.

"I am a little bit bothered by the fact that is the first question here today," he said.

"I am not going to take away from the good news announcement here today by dealing with that (biocheminstry) issue."

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  • Bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Graham, you voted for Danny I guess you are partly to blame for the bad economic affairs we a re in. Grow up and let go of Yvonne's apron strings.

  • Ed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    The process should be investigated and action taken against people who knew about the problem and did not document and escalate it. Anyone who works ast the HSC and after Cameron do not recognize that fact should be fired. It is my belief that it would only apply to less than 10% and most likely less than 5% of the staff. But once identified they should be dismissed immediately whatever their job level. There should be no need to spell out for everyone what common sense dictates is the right thing to do. The other practise that needs to be adopted is the dismisssal of anyone who trys to stop or impede anyone from raising a safety issue.

    These are the people we trust with the lives of our family and friends and we have the right to expect that they are not hiding problems or mistakes that would rist their wellbeing. Anyone who cannot accept that needs to find another job - quickly.

    There should be no union protection, no senior management or political protection for anyone that gets caught.

  • The ship is sinking.....
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Eastern Health is now a dying fascist state. Like Hitler, Kennedy is blaming his Generals. Executing people won't solve the problem - more mistakes will occur because the government continually fails to invest in the right places. Heath care and Medicine are moving from an art to a science; medical staff need advanced technology and the personnel to operate it in order to make correct diagnoses.

    NL, like many other small centers still is in the dark ages when it comes to health care technology. The Williams government made a mistake 2 yrs ago - rather than throwing millions of $$$ to already overpaid oncologists and pathologists and for a useless genetics research building, the money should have been put into rebuilding an entirely new centralized diagnostic facility. Many will die of mistakes due to failure for this govt to recognize where to put the money where it will be most effective.

    I wonder if Kennedy or Kaminsky have actually visited the pathology and biochemistry labs? Do they realize nothing has changed post-Cameron to make the jobs more efficient and safer for the technicians generating the data for the doctors?

    Maybe Kaminsky should actually try doing the jobs of the people who keep her in her position and put the bread on her table. She is literally a fat queen bee sitting on a rotten, dying hive.

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    this is what happens when you put a selfish..self centred lawyer in as health minister....i guess they needed a lawyer for all the law suits they are going to get....

  • Dee Gee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Should we not have someone who knows about health in charge . Here we are listening to Kennedy explain things and watching Kaminski look on like a sad puppy . The man's a lawyer and she's the medical expert . Am I missing something? To many rods in the fire.

  • Bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    HEY PEOPLE FROM TOPSAIL LISTEN TO GRAHAM!!! The 15 % that makes up the Liberal popularity that was done in February wants you to turn your backs on the 80% support for the P.C.'s and elect Yvonne's choice. Oh by the way 7% of the people want her for premier in that poll. Roughly half the popular vote for the liberals. Goes to show that 50% of the liberal supporters don't want her either.

  • Eugene
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Apparently Mr. Denic resigned 4 months ago, long before the cyclosporine errors were known, and his resignation was rejected. To accept that resignation now and report it in the same news release as the cyclosporine errors should red-flag some questions:

    1. What is the political motivation of both Mr Kennedy and Ms. Kaminski in failing to disclose that Mr. Denic's resignation was tendered months ago.
    2. How long did Mr. Kennedy know before he informed us (Feb 19?? - Mar. 10 = 19 days) yet Kennedy said it's incomprehensible that while the mistakes were clearly known in the lab on Feb. 12 when the testing was suspended, Kaminski wasn't told until Feb. 19. (Feb 12 - Feb 19 = 7 days)

    I'm glad to see that when errors are dicovered they will be addressed. I do not have confidence that the correction of these problems are priority over watching ones political back.

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Will the good people of Topsail District PLEASE send Danny Williams and his clone Jerome Kennedy a clear message on March 16th? We are SICK of the LIES. We are Sick of the COVER UPS. We are SICK of the CORRUPTION. We are SICK of the way you treated one of the best MHA,s we ever had Elizabeth Marshall. Go back to Florida Danny you fit right in with the corruption of American politics. On March 16th vote ABCD. Anyone But Crazy Danny. Stay HEALTHY EVERYONE.

  • Alex
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    The Minister has spoken, Ms. Kamensky has spoken. Now lets hear Mr. Denic's side and the other lab workers. They have a right to speak or have they been told not to speak with the media. Perhaps they have something interesting to say ?

  • Concerned
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    There is no doubt in my mind that the problems that exist in Eastern Health are fueled by the decade or more of conflict with the provincail government. (i.e. contract disputes and strikes) The morale is at an all time low and it's never been that good for as long as I remember. Now that doesn't make what's been going on lately right, it helps explain it.

  • Bert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Graham, its a shame that their are people who spend their lives being so bitter. Man I feel sorry for you. You do not know how this bitterness is destroying your common sense. I do believe that Danny is the right person at the right time and he has taken this province and is leading it with wisdom. Given another four years and the framework will be in place for another 100 years. People will not be so stupid to throw out the P.C.'s with or without Danny in charge and to think otherwise is foolishness!!

  • Stop the Racket
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Just when I thought it was impossible Jerome Kennedy is making former Health Minister Ross Wiseman look like a genius. Kennedy is like his Master Danny all mouth all temper and very little action unless forced to do so. Keep up the great work Jerome and you too will go up in the next poll. Your allready better than Wiseman so things are looking good. Your Job is safe. FOR NOW.

  • Graham
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    ATTENTION ATTENTION. For the joke of the day and a really good laugh read Berts comments about how wonderfull Danny is. Bert dosent care that we have the worst Health care system in the country. Bert dosent give a dam that people have died because of the cover ups by this government. Bert only cares about how popular his idol Danny Williams is or is perceived to be. Is this so called popularity coming from people like Bert? If so than we are all in a bigger mess in this province than we realise. Bert is impressed by numbers rather than facts. Liberals be dammed Bert they will never form a government anytime soon but that alone is not a justification for what Danny Williams and his cover up clowns are doing. NEWS FLASH BERT. I voted for Danny and his government and the Danny Williams today is not the Danny Williams I voted for Bert. The most popular Dictator in our history is what the man has become Bert. You love that so good for you. If the people of Topsail send another PC back in there to be a mouth piece for Danny Williams then I guess that means they feel the same way you do Bert. Danny rules Danny is King Danny can do no wrong. Where is Danny Bert? You been chatting with him lately Bert? You dont seem to give a s h i t that people are passing away because of our joke of a Health Care System Bert as long as Danny is high in the polls. The rest of us Bert the lowly 15% we do give a s h i t Bert. I guess were wrong about that as well are we Bert? We should all praise the Holy name of Danny Williams like you do and let them all die. After all there probably all Liberals anyway. Right Bert?

  • Bones II's Brother
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Politicians still do not test, diagnose, treat, or otherwise, care for patients in the health care system. Medical professionals and trained laboratory technicians are responsible for that and they are failing miserably. Realistically, if someone isn't going to do their job properly, spending won't make that go away. This latest fiasco should illustrate beyond a doubt that money is not the problem at eastern health. Those who believe otherwise should take note of this and stop using patients as your political tool of the day. Health care is more important than bickering about politicians, and using patients and victims of this latest MEDICAL fiasco shows us just how low a hater will go. Why don't one of you try and tell that critically ill fourteen year old's family that it's Danny or Jerome's fault he's laying there in intensive care?




    On another, slightly different note, I remember seeing Mr. Denic in an interview stating, rather bluntly, that on his drive to work in the mornings, he often wonders what keeps him going there, or why he continues to go. Should people with attitudes like this be responsible for critical areas in our health care system? How many more are there hosting an attitude like this?

  • Phoebe Tilley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Carefull there Jerome dont blow a gasket or you will end up in Florida for heart repairs just like Danny did. He had temper tantrums just like you have and look what happened to him. If like some people say hes grooming you to take over the Kingdom of Danny then hes doing a fine job. Your just as big an ego maniac self centred liar as he is. Keep up the good work Jerome. Your a natural fit as a replacement Dictator.

  • edna
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    look at the big bucks we have thrown at kaminski and still the culture and ineptitude at eastern health persists, nice job kaminski, we are all so happy you have made such a difference. my 12 year old could produce scapegoats and fire them so why did we hire you? anyone can act after the fact, we need someone in there as ceo to make the changes that do not allow these types of things to happen in the first place

  • Sea-Dog
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    well i must say this whole episode has been nothing but one big disappointment. I really thought that Vickie Kiminski was going to resign today,after all for the $$$s we are paying her we're not getting much bang for our buck ,So Vickie please do the honorable thing and pack it in. as for the problems with the Labs of Eastern Health try looking at funding cuts and lack of training and stop threatening the troops for heavens sake and oh yes Vickie Goodbye

  • Curling Fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Can I ask a question...if Kaminski heard rumors of problems in the lab last fall, regardless if she received Occurance reports or not, shouldn't she have questioned it then??? That's what any good CEO would do! Don't play innocent in all of this - if there were rumors in the fall she should have followed up especially with the previous problems that Eastern Health had experienced.

  • House
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Dr. Denic requested to resign from the post because of the pressures of the work in December 2009 and EH kept him in the position from stories that are now coming out. He can confirm or deny this if he wants to do so. Yesterday the definite impression was left that he had resigned because of his responsibility for the errors. I don't know how others feel about these new facts, but they certainly don't cast the CEO or the Minister in a very good light if this is what happened. If this does prove to be the case, then we have to question the performance of the CEO, the Minister and the Board which to date has been invisible. Let's hope that jounalists will investigate this further so that the air can be cleared. Just another reason why the House of Assembly should be open so that the administration can be held more accountable than they presently are.

  • KB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Speaking of Mr Popularity. Where is our illusterious Premier these days? Still in Florida looking for a heart? Bert your really a sad man. Not a word in anything you ever say reflects anything towards the people who lost family members because of this governments inept health care actions and coverups. We get it Bert. Danny is more popular than Castro in Cuba and in my humble opinion just as corrupt. Worship on Bert drink your Danny Love Juice and smoke that big Cuban Cigar.

  • BONNIE
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    WHERE IS DANNY AND HIS BIG MOUTH NOW. HEY, NOTHING TO SAY, HE SHOULD HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO, BUT LIKE ALWAYS, HE WILL TALK HIS WAY OUT OF THIS TOO.
    WE ARE OVERALL THE 22 WORST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. HOW ABOUT THAT, WE DO NOT HAVE A GOOD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THE PEOPLE OF NL AND LAB JUST THINKS WE DO BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT GONE ANY WHERE ELSE TO COMPARE. TRY GOING TO NORWAY OR SPAIN, YOU WILL SEE AND EXPERIENCE HEALTH CARE AT IT FINEST, AND THAN YOU CAN SEE WHAT WE HAVE HERE, WE ARE SO BACKWARD, ITS UNBELIEVEBLE.
    DANNY YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF WHAT WE OR YOU ARE PASSING OFF AS A GOOD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. ITS THE PITTTTTTS. AND YOU KNOW IT. THATS THE SAD PART.

  • member of the 20%
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Shame on you! Bad reporter! Stop asking questions. Don't you know that you're only supposed to nod and accept what Jerome is saying? Why let facts and questions get in the way of a good Tory spin?

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Everything is just fine....get your health care here, and feel very about it...... br br Driver, Sarasota please.

  • Bert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Graham, you voted for Danny I guess you are partly to blame for the bad economic affairs we a re in. Grow up and let go of Yvonne's apron strings.

  • Ed
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    The process should be investigated and action taken against people who knew about the problem and did not document and escalate it. Anyone who works ast the HSC and after Cameron do not recognize that fact should be fired. It is my belief that it would only apply to less than 10% and most likely less than 5% of the staff. But once identified they should be dismissed immediately whatever their job level. There should be no need to spell out for everyone what common sense dictates is the right thing to do. The other practise that needs to be adopted is the dismisssal of anyone who trys to stop or impede anyone from raising a safety issue.

    These are the people we trust with the lives of our family and friends and we have the right to expect that they are not hiding problems or mistakes that would rist their wellbeing. Anyone who cannot accept that needs to find another job - quickly.

    There should be no union protection, no senior management or political protection for anyone that gets caught.

  • The ship is sinking.....
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Eastern Health is now a dying fascist state. Like Hitler, Kennedy is blaming his Generals. Executing people won't solve the problem - more mistakes will occur because the government continually fails to invest in the right places. Heath care and Medicine are moving from an art to a science; medical staff need advanced technology and the personnel to operate it in order to make correct diagnoses.

    NL, like many other small centers still is in the dark ages when it comes to health care technology. The Williams government made a mistake 2 yrs ago - rather than throwing millions of $$$ to already overpaid oncologists and pathologists and for a useless genetics research building, the money should have been put into rebuilding an entirely new centralized diagnostic facility. Many will die of mistakes due to failure for this govt to recognize where to put the money where it will be most effective.

    I wonder if Kennedy or Kaminsky have actually visited the pathology and biochemistry labs? Do they realize nothing has changed post-Cameron to make the jobs more efficient and safer for the technicians generating the data for the doctors?

    Maybe Kaminsky should actually try doing the jobs of the people who keep her in her position and put the bread on her table. She is literally a fat queen bee sitting on a rotten, dying hive.

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    this is what happens when you put a selfish..self centred lawyer in as health minister....i guess they needed a lawyer for all the law suits they are going to get....

  • Dee Gee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Should we not have someone who knows about health in charge . Here we are listening to Kennedy explain things and watching Kaminski look on like a sad puppy . The man's a lawyer and she's the medical expert . Am I missing something? To many rods in the fire.

  • Bert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    HEY PEOPLE FROM TOPSAIL LISTEN TO GRAHAM!!! The 15 % that makes up the Liberal popularity that was done in February wants you to turn your backs on the 80% support for the P.C.'s and elect Yvonne's choice. Oh by the way 7% of the people want her for premier in that poll. Roughly half the popular vote for the liberals. Goes to show that 50% of the liberal supporters don't want her either.

  • Eugene
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Apparently Mr. Denic resigned 4 months ago, long before the cyclosporine errors were known, and his resignation was rejected. To accept that resignation now and report it in the same news release as the cyclosporine errors should red-flag some questions:

    1. What is the political motivation of both Mr Kennedy and Ms. Kaminski in failing to disclose that Mr. Denic's resignation was tendered months ago.
    2. How long did Mr. Kennedy know before he informed us (Feb 19?? - Mar. 10 = 19 days) yet Kennedy said it's incomprehensible that while the mistakes were clearly known in the lab on Feb. 12 when the testing was suspended, Kaminski wasn't told until Feb. 19. (Feb 12 - Feb 19 = 7 days)

    I'm glad to see that when errors are dicovered they will be addressed. I do not have confidence that the correction of these problems are priority over watching ones political back.

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Will the good people of Topsail District PLEASE send Danny Williams and his clone Jerome Kennedy a clear message on March 16th? We are SICK of the LIES. We are Sick of the COVER UPS. We are SICK of the CORRUPTION. We are SICK of the way you treated one of the best MHA,s we ever had Elizabeth Marshall. Go back to Florida Danny you fit right in with the corruption of American politics. On March 16th vote ABCD. Anyone But Crazy Danny. Stay HEALTHY EVERYONE.

  • Alex
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    The Minister has spoken, Ms. Kamensky has spoken. Now lets hear Mr. Denic's side and the other lab workers. They have a right to speak or have they been told not to speak with the media. Perhaps they have something interesting to say ?

  • Concerned
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    There is no doubt in my mind that the problems that exist in Eastern Health are fueled by the decade or more of conflict with the provincail government. (i.e. contract disputes and strikes) The morale is at an all time low and it's never been that good for as long as I remember. Now that doesn't make what's been going on lately right, it helps explain it.

  • Bert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Graham, its a shame that their are people who spend their lives being so bitter. Man I feel sorry for you. You do not know how this bitterness is destroying your common sense. I do believe that Danny is the right person at the right time and he has taken this province and is leading it with wisdom. Given another four years and the framework will be in place for another 100 years. People will not be so stupid to throw out the P.C.'s with or without Danny in charge and to think otherwise is foolishness!!

  • Stop the Racket
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Just when I thought it was impossible Jerome Kennedy is making former Health Minister Ross Wiseman look like a genius. Kennedy is like his Master Danny all mouth all temper and very little action unless forced to do so. Keep up the great work Jerome and you too will go up in the next poll. Your allready better than Wiseman so things are looking good. Your Job is safe. FOR NOW.

  • Graham
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    ATTENTION ATTENTION. For the joke of the day and a really good laugh read Berts comments about how wonderfull Danny is. Bert dosent care that we have the worst Health care system in the country. Bert dosent give a dam that people have died because of the cover ups by this government. Bert only cares about how popular his idol Danny Williams is or is perceived to be. Is this so called popularity coming from people like Bert? If so than we are all in a bigger mess in this province than we realise. Bert is impressed by numbers rather than facts. Liberals be dammed Bert they will never form a government anytime soon but that alone is not a justification for what Danny Williams and his cover up clowns are doing. NEWS FLASH BERT. I voted for Danny and his government and the Danny Williams today is not the Danny Williams I voted for Bert. The most popular Dictator in our history is what the man has become Bert. You love that so good for you. If the people of Topsail send another PC back in there to be a mouth piece for Danny Williams then I guess that means they feel the same way you do Bert. Danny rules Danny is King Danny can do no wrong. Where is Danny Bert? You been chatting with him lately Bert? You dont seem to give a s h i t that people are passing away because of our joke of a Health Care System Bert as long as Danny is high in the polls. The rest of us Bert the lowly 15% we do give a s h i t Bert. I guess were wrong about that as well are we Bert? We should all praise the Holy name of Danny Williams like you do and let them all die. After all there probably all Liberals anyway. Right Bert?

  • Bones II's Brother
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Politicians still do not test, diagnose, treat, or otherwise, care for patients in the health care system. Medical professionals and trained laboratory technicians are responsible for that and they are failing miserably. Realistically, if someone isn't going to do their job properly, spending won't make that go away. This latest fiasco should illustrate beyond a doubt that money is not the problem at eastern health. Those who believe otherwise should take note of this and stop using patients as your political tool of the day. Health care is more important than bickering about politicians, and using patients and victims of this latest MEDICAL fiasco shows us just how low a hater will go. Why don't one of you try and tell that critically ill fourteen year old's family that it's Danny or Jerome's fault he's laying there in intensive care?




    On another, slightly different note, I remember seeing Mr. Denic in an interview stating, rather bluntly, that on his drive to work in the mornings, he often wonders what keeps him going there, or why he continues to go. Should people with attitudes like this be responsible for critical areas in our health care system? How many more are there hosting an attitude like this?

  • Phoebe Tilley
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Carefull there Jerome dont blow a gasket or you will end up in Florida for heart repairs just like Danny did. He had temper tantrums just like you have and look what happened to him. If like some people say hes grooming you to take over the Kingdom of Danny then hes doing a fine job. Your just as big an ego maniac self centred liar as he is. Keep up the good work Jerome. Your a natural fit as a replacement Dictator.

  • edna
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    look at the big bucks we have thrown at kaminski and still the culture and ineptitude at eastern health persists, nice job kaminski, we are all so happy you have made such a difference. my 12 year old could produce scapegoats and fire them so why did we hire you? anyone can act after the fact, we need someone in there as ceo to make the changes that do not allow these types of things to happen in the first place

  • Sea-Dog
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    well i must say this whole episode has been nothing but one big disappointment. I really thought that Vickie Kiminski was going to resign today,after all for the $$$s we are paying her we're not getting much bang for our buck ,So Vickie please do the honorable thing and pack it in. as for the problems with the Labs of Eastern Health try looking at funding cuts and lack of training and stop threatening the troops for heavens sake and oh yes Vickie Goodbye

  • Curling Fan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Can I ask a question...if Kaminski heard rumors of problems in the lab last fall, regardless if she received Occurance reports or not, shouldn't she have questioned it then??? That's what any good CEO would do! Don't play innocent in all of this - if there were rumors in the fall she should have followed up especially with the previous problems that Eastern Health had experienced.

  • House
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Dr. Denic requested to resign from the post because of the pressures of the work in December 2009 and EH kept him in the position from stories that are now coming out. He can confirm or deny this if he wants to do so. Yesterday the definite impression was left that he had resigned because of his responsibility for the errors. I don't know how others feel about these new facts, but they certainly don't cast the CEO or the Minister in a very good light if this is what happened. If this does prove to be the case, then we have to question the performance of the CEO, the Minister and the Board which to date has been invisible. Let's hope that jounalists will investigate this further so that the air can be cleared. Just another reason why the House of Assembly should be open so that the administration can be held more accountable than they presently are.

  • KB
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Speaking of Mr Popularity. Where is our illusterious Premier these days? Still in Florida looking for a heart? Bert your really a sad man. Not a word in anything you ever say reflects anything towards the people who lost family members because of this governments inept health care actions and coverups. We get it Bert. Danny is more popular than Castro in Cuba and in my humble opinion just as corrupt. Worship on Bert drink your Danny Love Juice and smoke that big Cuban Cigar.

  • BONNIE
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    WHERE IS DANNY AND HIS BIG MOUTH NOW. HEY, NOTHING TO SAY, HE SHOULD HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO, BUT LIKE ALWAYS, HE WILL TALK HIS WAY OUT OF THIS TOO.
    WE ARE OVERALL THE 22 WORST HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. HOW ABOUT THAT, WE DO NOT HAVE A GOOD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THE PEOPLE OF NL AND LAB JUST THINKS WE DO BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT GONE ANY WHERE ELSE TO COMPARE. TRY GOING TO NORWAY OR SPAIN, YOU WILL SEE AND EXPERIENCE HEALTH CARE AT IT FINEST, AND THAN YOU CAN SEE WHAT WE HAVE HERE, WE ARE SO BACKWARD, ITS UNBELIEVEBLE.
    DANNY YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF WHAT WE OR YOU ARE PASSING OFF AS A GOOD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. ITS THE PITTTTTTS. AND YOU KNOW IT. THATS THE SAD PART.

  • member of the 20%
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    Shame on you! Bad reporter! Stop asking questions. Don't you know that you're only supposed to nod and accept what Jerome is saying? Why let facts and questions get in the way of a good Tory spin?

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Everything is just fine....get your health care here, and feel very about it...... br br Driver, Sarasota please.