CFN – It looks like petitions and outcries from the public have had a first impact in the situation involving the former Cornwall General Hospital in Cornwall Ontario.
After trying to sell the hospital without public consultation it appears that the board of the Cornwall Community Hospital have decided on a Moratorium to “review” the issue.
Greg Kielic of The Journal wrote:
The hospital board had originally planned to review purchase offers at its meeting Thursday night. But Jeanette Despatie, CCH chief executive officer, said the board will instead review any offers at its meeting on March 7. The board decided to delay the review of offers for the former Cornwall General Hospital site due to the high level of interest that has been shown in the property and to give other interested parties time to consider options for the site, Despatie said. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit board, on the initiative of city councillor Andre Rivette, had been pushing for the site to been considered for long-term care, but Despatie said that is not within the hospital’s mandate. “We are not in the long-term care business,” she said in an interview with The Journal this morning.
Greg Peerenboom of the Standard Freeholder wrote:
“It was in the best interests to give the sale more time before we have more discussions on what might be offered to us,” said Helene Periard, hospital board.
The board is meeting Thursday, but it has postponed previously scheduled discussions on the Second Street sale.
Hospital spokesperson Shaun McDonald said the board won’t “receive or review” real estate offers for Second Street until a meeting on March 7.
Periad said the decision to postpone was made with feedback from a board subcommittee.
One of the chief advocates for keeping Second Street, Coun. Andre Rivette, reads a different message from the board.
“It’s very clear, (the board) was learning how to run before learning how to walk,” Rivette said.
Well that’s step one ladies and gentlemen. Now it’s time for a proper public consultation process to begin and for the community to truly decide what happens to this facility as we are the ones that have to pay the bill at the end of the day.
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