The Mayor of Bonavista is calling it a “health care disaster.”
Eastern Health has announced that emergency services will not be available at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre from 8:00 this morning until 8:00 tomorrow morning.
Mayor John Norman explains that health care issues in the area, mostly surrounding the hospital, have been mounting for about seven years.
He says the public is quite stressed about the situation, noting that this is the first time they haven’t had physician coverage in the area in over 140 years.
Norman says the hospital serves over 8,000 people and they have active ER cases every day.
He says there are significant emergencies that take place in the region, and they “absolutely need ER coverage.”
He says if they need to divert people an hour and a half away to the nearest hospital in Clarenville that lives could be lost.
In the meantime, anyone in the Bonavista area seeking emergency care or chemotherapy services today through to tomorrow morning must travel to the hospital in Clarenville.