The mayor of Bonavista calls it a “health disaster.”
Eastern Health has announced that emergency services will not be available at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Center from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mayor John Norman explains that health problems in the area, mostly around the hospital, have been on the rise for about seven years.
He says the public is quite stressed about the situation, noting that this is the first time they have not had medical coverage in the area in over 140 years.
Norman says the hospital serves over 8,000 people and that they have active emergency cases every day.
He says there are significant emergencies taking place in the region and they “absolutely need ER coverage.”
He says that if they need to divert people an hour and a half away to the nearest hospital in Clarenville, lives could be lost.
Meanwhile, anyone in the Bonavista area seeking emergency care or chemotherapy today to tomorrow morning should travel to Clarenville Hospital.