Minister responds to Waterford incident in the House

James McLeod
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Health Minister Paul Davis said he believes a new long-term care facility in St. John’s might alleviate some of the issues at the Waterford Hospital when it comes to geriatric care.

Davis was responding to questions from New Democrat MHA Gerry Rogers in the legislature following a story about an elderly woman who was injured while in the Waterford.

Donna McMullin told The Telegram her mother got a black eye while staying in a ward at the Waterford. The woman is in a transitional unit which includes patients of all ages, and McMullin said she doesn’t know how she got the injury and she’s worried for her mother.

“What was once a geriatric transitional ward at the Waterford now also houses tertiary care patients, some who are young and aggressive.

“This is poor treatment for either category of patient,” Rogers said during question period in the House of Assembly.

“I ask the minister: will he guarantee the safety of seniors who are put on this unit?”

Davis said he believes the staff at the Waterford are doing good work, and he pointed out that the new long-term care facility in St. John’s will help open up more than 460 new beds.

“We cannot create long-term care beds overnight. It takes a long time to establish these facilities. It takes a long time to plan them and to build them,” he said.

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