Liberal leader called 'a fool' for criticizing health care

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Health minister lays out improvements being made to medical services

During question period Wednesday afternoon, Health Minister Jerome Kennedy seemed to lose interest in Rob Ritter, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA).

Instead he focused his best barbs on Opposition Leader Yvonne Jones.

"You're a fool, Yvonne. You're a fool," Kennedy shouted across the House at one point.

Jones had been asking about the ongoing negotiations between the the NLMA and the province, especially some choice comments Kennedy made about Ritter earlier in the morning.

Yvonne Jones

During question period Wednesday afternoon, Health Minister Jerome Kennedy seemed to lose interest in Rob Ritter, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA).

Instead he focused his best barbs on Opposition Leader Yvonne Jones.

"You're a fool, Yvonne. You're a fool," Kennedy shouted across the House at one point.

Jones had been asking about the ongoing negotiations between the the NLMA and the province, especially some choice comments Kennedy made about Ritter earlier in the morning.

"When are you going to discontinue with your unprofessional behaviour and start dealing with the doctors in this province? Work out a solution so that our patients can have good care?" Jones asked.

"Will you stop the nonsense that you have been getting on with, and settle this particular deal with the physicians in this province"

Kennedy fired back a volley of his own.

"If anybody knows about nonsense it should be that person over there; and there is no excuse, Mr. Speaker, for the way she gets on," he said. "We can see why she is at six per cent in the polls."

Kennedy stressed the government has made health care a priority, increasing the number of doctors in the province 18 per cent to 1,075 since 2003.

Ritter didn't totally escape Kennedy's shots though; the health minister said the government would keep working to improve health care "with or without Mr. Ritter."

jmcleod@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association

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  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Seems to me that I remember the NLMA saying that the cost of what they wanted was $ 80 Million. That's basically what the government is offering them. Just go\es to show that the finance dept was right all along and the NLMA just plucked a number out of a hat and when they were called on it, they are crying that it isn't enough. Doctors, blame the NLMA board for your problems because they are the ones that screwed up the numbers and the government is just giving them what they asked for.

  • Dereck
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Parliamentary decorum.

    I wonder adjectives could be used to describe other Members of the House besides Ms. Jones.

    Arrogant,cheat, duplicitous, lout, drunk, druggie?

  • Greg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    You would have to be a fool not to think there is something wrong with our health care system.

    Of course, history has recorded that health care is better in Florida for those who can jet off to get it.

    The rest of us can die waiting.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    I hate to agree with Jerome Kennedy.

    But he only said what many of us may be already thinking to ourselves.

  • don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Apparently, some lawyers who get elected think they are smarter than everybody else. It is good to know that not all lawyers think they are smarter than everybody else and it is good to know that the Speaker will not let arrogance and ignorance pass for intelligent behavior in the people's House of Assembly. It is better to have 6% in the polls and be thought of as a fool than to have 94% in the polls and then speak without thinking and prove that you are a fool!

  • Bones
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    You'd also be a fool to deny there has been something wrong in health care for a long long time. Yvonne knows this and she ignores it. Changes are being made in the system, strategic operational changes that have a positive overall effect on the system. The CEO being located directly in the hospital, being one example, and the recent relocation of the air ambulance in the north is another. The annual budget still gets an amazing bite taken out of it by health care, and the nurses claimed that lucrative salaries and record increases were needed, and would go a long way toward solving problems in that area when they were in the same position. Has that happened? Noooo. That also reminds me of something else...Yvonne's newest minion sooking about the intimidation and threatening attitudes after being out to Confederation Building, on public television, standing with the lunatics screaming things about Danny Williams' small heart, his black heart, his absence of heart, and how people are going to die and he doesn't even care...Yvonne's representative in that area condoned this behavior and was standing with those people, supporting that hateful and insulting approach. Not one vote! One lunatic screamed at the top of his lungs...Not one vote will he get, will he? Nooo, the lunatics chanted, lol. This is what the 6% liberal support is composed of and Yvonne has had ample opportunity as a career politician to make her mark and show us what she's made of. So I disagree with don, lol.

  • Polly
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Ever the consummate actors . With the House of Assembly as a backdrop .

    Williams said to Kennedy , who sits next to him :

    IS MISLEADING OK ?

    MISLEADING IS OK . replied Kennedy .

    You are misleading the People of Newfoundland and Labrador , Williams said to Jones .

    Enter the Speaker of the house :

    House speaker Roger Fitzgerald promptly corrected the premier and made him with withdraw the remark .

    IT TURNS OUT THAT THE WORD MISLEADING ISN'T OK ......
    James McLeod of the Telegram ..

    Curtain lowers thus ending another performance .

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Seems to me that I remember the NLMA saying that the cost of what they wanted was $ 80 Million. That's basically what the government is offering them. Just go\es to show that the finance dept was right all along and the NLMA just plucked a number out of a hat and when they were called on it, they are crying that it isn't enough. Doctors, blame the NLMA board for your problems because they are the ones that screwed up the numbers and the government is just giving them what they asked for.

  • Dereck
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Parliamentary decorum.

    I wonder adjectives could be used to describe other Members of the House besides Ms. Jones.

    Arrogant,cheat, duplicitous, lout, drunk, druggie?

  • Greg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    You would have to be a fool not to think there is something wrong with our health care system.

    Of course, history has recorded that health care is better in Florida for those who can jet off to get it.

    The rest of us can die waiting.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    I hate to agree with Jerome Kennedy.

    But he only said what many of us may be already thinking to ourselves.

  • don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Apparently, some lawyers who get elected think they are smarter than everybody else. It is good to know that not all lawyers think they are smarter than everybody else and it is good to know that the Speaker will not let arrogance and ignorance pass for intelligent behavior in the people's House of Assembly. It is better to have 6% in the polls and be thought of as a fool than to have 94% in the polls and then speak without thinking and prove that you are a fool!

  • Bones
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    You'd also be a fool to deny there has been something wrong in health care for a long long time. Yvonne knows this and she ignores it. Changes are being made in the system, strategic operational changes that have a positive overall effect on the system. The CEO being located directly in the hospital, being one example, and the recent relocation of the air ambulance in the north is another. The annual budget still gets an amazing bite taken out of it by health care, and the nurses claimed that lucrative salaries and record increases were needed, and would go a long way toward solving problems in that area when they were in the same position. Has that happened? Noooo. That also reminds me of something else...Yvonne's newest minion sooking about the intimidation and threatening attitudes after being out to Confederation Building, on public television, standing with the lunatics screaming things about Danny Williams' small heart, his black heart, his absence of heart, and how people are going to die and he doesn't even care...Yvonne's representative in that area condoned this behavior and was standing with those people, supporting that hateful and insulting approach. Not one vote! One lunatic screamed at the top of his lungs...Not one vote will he get, will he? Nooo, the lunatics chanted, lol. This is what the 6% liberal support is composed of and Yvonne has had ample opportunity as a career politician to make her mark and show us what she's made of. So I disagree with don, lol.

  • Polly
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Ever the consummate actors . With the House of Assembly as a backdrop .

    Williams said to Kennedy , who sits next to him :

    IS MISLEADING OK ?

    MISLEADING IS OK . replied Kennedy .

    You are misleading the People of Newfoundland and Labrador , Williams said to Jones .

    Enter the Speaker of the house :

    House speaker Roger Fitzgerald promptly corrected the premier and made him with withdraw the remark .

    IT TURNS OUT THAT THE WORD MISLEADING ISN'T OK ......
    James McLeod of the Telegram ..

    Curtain lowers thus ending another performance .