Marshall wants ‘best in the country’ for Corner Brook hospital

Diane Crocker
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Tom Marshall made history on Saturday when he became the first premier of Newfoundland and Labrador to address the Great Humber Joint Council.
He opened by talking about his appointment to the job.

“Obviously, it’s a very important position in government,” he said. “It’s never a position that I sought.”

But Marshall said “life is funny,” and relayed a conversation with Liberal Leader Dwight Ball where he remarked on Ball spending $340,000 on the leadership race.

“And I said ‘I became premier. I only had to get this suit pressed,’” he said, lifting the lapel of his jacket to loud applause and laughter.

The premier later took a bit more serious approach as he spoke of his priorities to not compromise growth in the province, to ensure everybody shares fully and fairly in the benefits of the province’s new prosperity and to be open, transparent and accountable.

“We got to make sure that we’re listening, that we’re communicating,” Marshall said.

He also touched on two issues that have received a lot of attention in this area — the loan to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. and the new hospital.

On the $110-million loan, he said “the mill was in trouble, big trouble, and they came to us for help.”

Marshall said there was no question the province would help because it wants the mill to survive.

Health care

On the hospital, Marshall said he knows that the lack of a PET (positron emission tomography) scanner and a radiation unit is a concern for the area.

He said he agrees with specialists who say a PET scanner may not be vital now, but will be in some point in the future.

“The secret is to have the diagnostic imaging to be sure that they can expand for whatever new is coming,” said the premier.

As for the radiation unit, Marshall said he sees and feels for the human side of the issue, but he wants to look at the numbers and information on staffing presented by government and by the Western Region Hospital Action Committee and conduct an independent study of it.

“I want to find out for myself,” said Marshall.

“I’m not going to accept second-rate service here. Whatever we put here has to be the best in the country.”

The Western Star

Organizations: Corner Brook hospital, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, Western Region Hospital Action Committee

Geographic location: Western Star

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Recent comments

  • SayWhat
    February 24, 2014 - 18:13

    Going to study it. That's like saying no without saying no. So did they get a new pet scanner? No. How about using that empty space for the new pen or the new Waterford?

  • Scott R
    February 24, 2014 - 12:22

    LOL...REALLY, Somebody going to be in trouble, when Marjorie fine out what people are saying about Tom Marshall. I don't want to be in your shoe...LOL

  • Mike B
    February 24, 2014 - 10:28

    Talk is cheap. You are Premier now. Deliver on your political promise.

  • david
    February 24, 2014 - 09:22

    So ultra modern hospital that will never be, and another life line for a mill that already has no purpose. You got my vote.

  • Oh my
    February 24, 2014 - 09:13

    He agrees with the specialists ??? What does he know?? It's like Dunderdale agreeing with Muskat Falls electricity. What does she know about it?? Why does the hospital service have to be the best in the country? For a small province with not a lot of money to spend, why do they say we need the state of the art stuff? To say best in the country means the other provinces with more money will have less than us? I guess it's easy to say when it is not your money.

  • Crazy
    February 24, 2014 - 05:20

    Stay around Mr Marshall, and let the people decides your title, If you got what its take. But I got this feeling you'll be running for cover. After all your ( SHENANIGANS ) catching up on you. LOL...As for Mr Ball spending 340.000.00 on his campaign. all the power to him. There is one thing, Mr Ball can be proud of, he wasn't elects on somebody coat tail's. LOL...But I have to admit, he no more a leader, then you are. Has for passing over 110 million to CBPP, you had no right, Now once more the Hospital is up front and centre, Using a very important issue like the hospital just to try and score political points, Sir , people of Humber East is a little smarter this time, Next election your gone like a lot more. Sir you will gone down in history has the worst finance minister.