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September 11, 2009

Government Releases Information on Lewisporte Lab and X-ray Services

Today, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released information pertaining to the modification of laboratory and X-ray services in Lewisporte.

The documents written by Central Health officials contain recommendations for operational changes within the Central Regional Health Authority.

"These are the documents I referred to earlier this week," said the Honourable Paul Oram, Minister of Health and Community Services. "These recommendations were approved by the health authority board and CEO prior to discussion with my department."

As part of the budgetary process Central Health put forward recommendations for changes in service delivery which included laboratory and X-ray services in Lewisporte. The rising cost of construction for the new long-term care facility in Lewisporte resulted in closer examination by the department on how programs and services could be provided. The recommendations from Central Health were considered over a period of months which resulted in the announcement on August 31, 2009.

"If we can make our healthcare system more efficient and effective for our residents, our government will work to make that happen," said Minister Oram. "We have to provide the best possible care, work to improve services and manage an ever growing healthcare budget. With strategic planning we can achieve these goals and ensure a sustainable healthcare system for the future."

The Provincial Government has announced there will be a provincial assessment of all laboratory and X-ray services across the province. This process is currently ongoing and public updates will be provided.

For a copy of the documents, go to: //

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Media contact:

Ronalda Walsh
Director of Communications
Department of Health and
Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-1741

2009 09 11                                                    4:10 p.m.

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