January 19, 2021
Positioning Newfoundland and Labrador as a National Leader in eHealth
Low population density in Newfoundland and Labrador has long made health care delivery challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the potential reach of eHealth/telemedicine, which numerous medical professionals quickly engaged across the province in recent months.
“Our Liberal government recognizes the need for innovative health care now, more than ever,” said Premier Andrew Furey. “We will expand access to health care in rural and remote regions of the province through viable investments in eHealth/telemedicine infrastructure – including vital mental health and pharmacy services.”
“Expanding eHealth/telemedicine services means decreasing travel time and costs, while increasing access to services – which is paramount for rural areas of the province,” he said.
To achieve this innovative approach to health care, a Furey government will invest in technology and IT training, including on-site IT support to enable digital health care service delivery. The government will work in conjunction with the newly-created provincial Health Accord to ensure equitable access to health care services is achieved for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including rural residents and isolated Indigenous communities.
The cost savings through this service delivery shift will be reinvested into expanded subsidies for rural and remote residents, particularly residents of Labrador, to travel for specialized health care that cannot be offered digitally.
“This digital approach to health care ensures that more Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have access to necessary, vital health services,” said Premier Furey.
Online access is also offering improved mental health services. The expansion to other provinces of the award-winning Bridge the gapp site, developed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, highlights the scope for innovation and excellence in our province. A Furey Government will support the ongoing research and continued development of this essential online resource.
January 18, 2021
Furey Government: Leading the Way in Long Term Care
The percentage of older people in Newfoundland and Labrador is growing faster than in any other jurisdiction in the country, and the province has the oldest population in Canada.
“One in every five Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is over the age of 65, and they are the people who have worked hard their whole lives to provide for and take care of us – their families,” Premier Andrew Furey said Monday.
“We have an opportunity to provide for them, and lead the way nationally in caring for seniors and those in long term care,” the Premier said in Corner Brook, where the Liberal government opened a new state-of-the-art long term care earlier this year.
A government led by Premier Furey will work with the federal government, tapping into a recent $1 billion funding announcement for provincial long term care improvements, to create a set of best practices to develop the standard for long term care in Canada in the 21st century.
“Seniors deserve our utmost respect and attention. Our government will explore innovative approaches to long term care, such as public long term care insurance, to make sure all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have the necessary support – no matter what,” said Furey.
January 16, 2021
Premier Furey Promotes Healthy Living
On Saturday, January 16th, 2021, Premier Furey visited the St. John’s Farmers’ Market to promote his bold new path for Newfoundland and Labrador. Team Furey is committed to making our province one of the healthiest in Canada by 2031.
“Newfoundland and Labrador is such a special place to live, work, visit and raise a family and grow a business,” Furey said. “Long-term savings to the health care system from a healthier population will be reinvested into public infrastructure and community projects.”
To promote food security, the Furey Government will increase the non-repayable grant amount available for community gardens from up to $500 to up to $750 per applicant for the 2021-22 growing season. Community Gardens encourage social connections, as well as offer easy access to healthy, sustainably-grown food.
Through culturally-sensitive, inclusive, and progressive policy initiatives both at the community and provincial level, a Furey Government will work tirelessly with the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to improve our health standards and outcomes.
A Government under Premier Furey’s leadership will develop a cost-neutral plan that improves the healthiness of Newfoundland and Labrador, and uses resulting health care savings to invest in community health infrastructure and programs. By making healthier choices more accessible and realistic options for people, the Furey Government will help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians thrive – improving the province’s health indicators.
January 15, 2021
Liberal Party of N.L. Campaign Details
The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador will follow all COVID-19 protocols as set out by Elections Newfoundland and Labrador.
Premier Andrew Furey will travel throughout the province in a safe and responsible manner, with a limited number of people. No media will be permitted to travel on the bus due to COVID-19 protocols.
From Monday to Saturday, the Premier will hold a daily media availability in the morning. Details will be shared with the media beforehand.
Sundays will remain family days for the Premier. He asks that the media kindly respect that.
Premier Andrew Furey’s itinerary for Saturday, January 16th, 2021:
10 a.m. St. John’s Farmer’s Market, 245 Freshwater Rd. available to media
12 p.m. Districts of Conception Bay South and Topsail – Paradise
3 p.m. Mount Pearl North Nomination Meeting, 61 Park Ave., Mount Pearl and Mount Pearl Southlands Nomination Meeting, 28 Arena Rd., Mount Pearl
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