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Pair of meetings on radiation and PET scanner issues scheduled for Corner Brook

Gerald Parsons hopes more is revealed this week during two meetings about the new regional hospital to be built in Corner Brook.

The West Coast Health Care Action Committee will hold a public meeting Thursday evening to update people on what it has been hearing from government representatives as well as what the committee has learned.

The committee has been lobbying for the inclusion of a radiation unit and PET scanner at the hospital. The site for the new building has been cleared, but the hospital is still in early development stages.

The meeting, which is expected to include people bused from the Stephenville and Port aux Basques areas, is scheduled for Thursday, beginning with entertainment at 6:30 p.m., at the Pepsi Centre.

Frank Coleman, the lone candidate for leadership of the Progressive Conservative party, has given his support for a radiation unit, but would not commit to a PET scanner.

Gerald Parsons, a committee representative, said his group had a positive meeting with Coleman, the man expected to be the future premier of the province. However, he does not feel Coleman provided an absolute commitment to making it happen.

“We all support a radiation unit. That is not saying you are going to do it,” Parsons said. “It is the easiest thing to do to say you support something.

“I pretty much support everything that is talked about, but am I going to do it?”

Liberal opposition members are holding a public meeting on the proposed new regional hospital in Corner Brook tonight. Again, Parsons is hoping to hear a firm commitment.

“I hope the Liberals are going to give a stronger message,” he said. “If they are going to tell us the same thing, it is a waste of our time to even go there.”

Opposition Leader Dwight Ball has committed to a PET scanner, but fell short of the same for a radiation unit until further research was done.

A spokesperson for the Liberals said Monday that results of studies done by the party will be released at tonight’s meeting.

Ball will be joined by health and community services critic Andrew Parsons and Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce at this evening’s meeting at the Greenwood Inn and Suites.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The Western Star

Organizations: West Coast Health Care Action Committee, Greenwood Inn

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Stephenville, Port aux Basques Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce Western Star

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