The board of Labrador-Grenfell Health comments on air ambulance service

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The Board of Directors of Labrador-Grenfell Health responded today to criticisms it has been inactive on the issue of the relocation of the air ambulance service.
"The air ambulance service is important to our region and has been discussed by the board on many occasions over the past few months," a statement reads. "Several months ago, the board became aware that the provincial government was engaging an independent consultant to review the air ambulance service in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador.
"The board agreed to support such a review as a basis for improving air ambulance services in the northern region and throughout the province."
On Tuesday, the Town of St. Anthony and the Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council called for the resignations of Labrador Grenfell Health Board chairman Ray Norman and board CEO Boyd Rowe claiming "these individuals have been totally ineffective in serving the people of this region covered by the board and, in fact, have built walls by refusing to address the issue of the relocation of the Provincial Air Ambulance service from St. Anthony to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Their inaction is totally unacceptable."
The Labrador-Grenfell Health Board of Directors statement said board members and staff are committed to assisting employees in the air ambulance program through the transition process.
"Our priority remains the safety and health of residents throughout the entire region and we are committed to quality and an improved air ambulance service," the statement read.
The Labrador-Grenfell Health Board is a regional health board comprised of members from communities throughout Labrador and Northern Newfoundland, and considers issues and makes decisions from a regional perspective.



Organizations: Labrador-Grenfell Health, Labrador Grenfell Health Board, Great Northern Peninsula Joint Council

Geographic location: Northern Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Anthony, Happy Valley Goose Bay Labrador

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  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    It's fine to say that the board knew that a review was being done. But when a second rate document comes from that review then this board and the CEO should stand up and be counted and say that they are not satisfied with the product and demand that things be looked at in an unbiased manner with emotions checked at the door.

    Who is the board and the CEO really serving? I for one certainly don't feel served by them.
    Good points from Joe Ollerhead!

  • William Daniels
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    They should resign. They are spineless weasels.

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Maybe if the CEO and the Chair had ensured that the facts about the unfortunate incident in Lab West had been reported and, if they had asked that the government and if they had asked that another air ambulance be located in Labrador, then the people would not have had to take this action. At the very least they could have asked for a proper review.
    If this in not inaction I would hate to see them ignore something.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    It's fine to say that the board knew that a review was being done. But when a second rate document comes from that review then this board and the CEO should stand up and be counted and say that they are not satisfied with the product and demand that things be looked at in an unbiased manner with emotions checked at the door.

    Who is the board and the CEO really serving? I for one certainly don't feel served by them.
    Good points from Joe Ollerhead!

  • William Daniels
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    They should resign. They are spineless weasels.

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Maybe if the CEO and the Chair had ensured that the facts about the unfortunate incident in Lab West had been reported and, if they had asked that the government and if they had asked that another air ambulance be located in Labrador, then the people would not have had to take this action. At the very least they could have asked for a proper review.
    If this in not inaction I would hate to see them ignore something.