Last in the Legislative Assembly September 1995, as MLA for Nunakput
Won her last election, in 1991, by acclaimation.
Statements in the House
Item 13: Tabling Of Documents June 12th, 1995
Mr. Speaker, I wish to table Tabled Document 121-12(7), a summary of international travel which was undertaken at GNWT expense from December 1, 1993 to April 4, 1995 by Cabinet Members, deputy ministers, assistant deputy ministers, executive assistants and other Cabinet staff. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, there has been no diminishing of the services whatsoever. Patients are still referred to Stanton. As I said earlier, the operating room remains open and in use, and the patients are well cared for at the Stanton Hospital, and, although they are not in the surgical ward and bedded in the surgical ward, they are accommodated elsewhere in the hospital.
It is anticipated that there will be a reopening of the surgical ward itself in August or September when we implement the new surgical services we have identified in our budget for Stanton.
So, just to restate once again, there is no diminishing of services. Patients are well cared for and there have been no patients sent south as a result of the closure. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Just to make sure that communication is at its best today, the surgical unit was closed due to a low patient count or census and, as I stated earlier, it was an adjustment that was made. The actual operating unit was not disbanded or anything like that at all. The facility continues to operate in the same manner. The operating room remains open and in use, and the patients do not have to wait any longer for surgery as a result of this closure. It is just a reorganization of where patients are put. Just to assure the patients out there who are using the Stanton Hospital, there is no diminishing of the service in any way. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, now that we do have a hospital administrator, I will talk to the chairman of the Stanton Hospital board. He is aware that communications can be better. As the Member probably would acknowledge, for a time we did not have a permanent hospital administrator. This position has been filled. An individual has been identified and needs a couple of weeks to get oriented. We will pass the message on to this individual through the chairman of the Stanton board. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, the board of the Stanton Hospital informed me that they wanted to make some changes to make best use of their resources, and I believe, as well, the deputy minister was informed that there would be some changes in order to make best use of the resources that the hospital has in serving the patients. Thank you.
Mr. Speaker, I believe that the Minister responsible feels that this is a measure that should be addressed quickly, although a plan is not in place. I hope, given the urgency of the matter, that it will be as soon as possible. I can't give exact dates, but I can take the question as notice, and confer with the Ministers to see what timetable they've set. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, this is what the Ministers are discussing now. We can all have ideas but there has to be a plan of action and that is exactly what is being discussed now: how would we put a plan in place, where are the priorities, and how can we stage it so we maximize northern intelligence on the matter. The plan hasn't been finalized, but that is exactly what is being worked on right now, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to advise the honourable Member that the topic of fire breaks has been under active discussions for over two weeks. We are looking at preventative measures. The Ministers responsible have gotten together to see how that can be accomplished. Given that the suggestion is appropriate at this time and that, although some communities do have fire breaks, there could be better use of this preventative measure, they have been discussing it. The Ministers responsible have decided to take measures to decide things like how much it would cost, how it can be done, and for the particular communities, where it is needed. I'm pleased to be able to say that this measure has been adequately discussed. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Minister's Statement 89-12(7): Minister Absent From The House June 12th, 1995
Mr. Speaker, I have an emergency statement. Mr. Speaker, I wish to advise Members that the Honourable Stephen Kakfwi will be absent from the House until approximately 3:30 today to tour evacuation sites set up as a result of the Sahtu forest fire. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Question 570-12(7): Bip Status Of Northern Municipalities June 9th, 1995
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would have to take that question as notice.
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