By KAREN WELLS
LEWISPORTE & AREA - While the meetings organized by the Concerned Group with mayors and the public occurred after the deadline for this edition of The Pilot, the committee still wanted to provide an update on their efforts to try and secure a medical clinic administered by Central Health located within or adjacent to the current community health centre redevelopment.
Last week the committee, including many individuals from the 16 communities that currently access physicians services at the Family Medical Clinic in Lewisporte, invited Lewisporte District MHA Wade Verge, Lewisporte Mayor Brian Peckford, Lewisporte Town manager Perry Pond, and representatives of Central Health including CEO Karen McGrath, board chairperson Cyril Farrell and area representative Kevin Manuel to meet with them.
Concerned Group committee chairperson Walter Dawe told The Pilot it is the feeling of the committee that all parties involved - from Central Health, to physicians at the Family Medical Clinic, to residents who access health services - should be dedicated in a common goal of uniting for better delivery of health care.
“We want a better delivery system of this service,” commented Mr. Dawe.
This intention was presented to those invited to attend the meeting.
“We had much discussions and many issues were identified,” said Mr. Dawe. “We concluded that it was a good meeting, with open discussion. We all walked away ready to talk another day.”
Central Health confirmed the attendance of their above-mentioned representatives at the meeting. While an interview with Ms. McGrath could not be scheduled before The Pilot deadline, one has been arranged with her for this week. Look to The Pilot next week for that article.