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‘It’s not right’

Dr. Todd Young of Springdale is flanked by supporters during a rally March 23 in support of his stand against Central Health’s decision to deny hospital privileges
Dr. Todd Young of Springdale is flanked by supporters during a rally March 23 in support of his stand against Central Health’s decision to deny hospital privileges

Residents of Springdale and the surrounding area spoke out on behalf of Dr. Todd Young and his restriction on hospital admitting privileges.

In April 2014, Young voluntarily withdrew his licence after admitting to having relationships with two patients.
Since his suspension ended, Young has opened a clinic in the town and has been given the right to practice again. Central Health, however, has denied him hospital admitting privileges.
The community reacted by having a rally at Main Street Pharmacy on March 23, and residents have been expressing their support for Young through letters and social media posts.
Heather Johanson says she is a patient of Young’s and his friend. She attended the rally two weeks ago.
“He’s been my doctor since I have moved back from Alberta in 2008. I became friends with him after that because we went to Haiti together on a mission trip,” Johanson said. “He is one of my closest friends and I trust the man with my life. If something happens to me right now and I have to go to the hospital, my doctor can’t come to the hospital, he can’t come and treat me and I have a huge problem with that.
“It’s not right.”
Johanson encourages supporters of Young to write Central Health and the provincial government to express their concerns about the situation.
Neil Wells, a local resident and former patient of Young’s, posted a personal story on his Facebook page that drew a lot of attention.
“I had probably 300 likes, a lot of shares and comments,” said Wells of why he wrote the post.
“Doctors come here and after a few years, they move on. Dr. Young is a resident of Springdale and is settled here. The rest of them came and went. Everybody likes him and everyone thinks this is ridiculous what is going on.”
Dr. Young appealed the denial of his hospital privileges to provincial Health Minister John Haggie, who said he trusts Central Health’s decision and would not consider overturning the suspension of Young’s privileges.
Meanwhile, Baie Verte –Springdale MHA Brian Warr attended the March 23 rally and made a statement in support of.
The Nor’wester reached out to both Haggie and Warr. Neither MHA responded to a request for comments as of deadline.

By Gina Hartmann
Special to the Nor’wester

In April 2014, Young voluntarily withdrew his licence after admitting to having relationships with two patients.
Since his suspension ended, Young has opened a clinic in the town and has been given the right to practice again. Central Health, however, has denied him hospital admitting privileges.
The community reacted by having a rally at Main Street Pharmacy on March 23, and residents have been expressing their support for Young through letters and social media posts.
Heather Johanson says she is a patient of Young’s and his friend. She attended the rally two weeks ago.
“He’s been my doctor since I have moved back from Alberta in 2008. I became friends with him after that because we went to Haiti together on a mission trip,” Johanson said. “He is one of my closest friends and I trust the man with my life. If something happens to me right now and I have to go to the hospital, my doctor can’t come to the hospital, he can’t come and treat me and I have a huge problem with that.
“It’s not right.”
Johanson encourages supporters of Young to write Central Health and the provincial government to express their concerns about the situation.
Neil Wells, a local resident and former patient of Young’s, posted a personal story on his Facebook page that drew a lot of attention.
“I had probably 300 likes, a lot of shares and comments,” said Wells of why he wrote the post.
“Doctors come here and after a few years, they move on. Dr. Young is a resident of Springdale and is settled here. The rest of them came and went. Everybody likes him and everyone thinks this is ridiculous what is going on.”
Dr. Young appealed the denial of his hospital privileges to provincial Health Minister John Haggie, who said he trusts Central Health’s decision and would not consider overturning the suspension of Young’s privileges.
Meanwhile, Baie Verte –Springdale MHA Brian Warr attended the March 23 rally and made a statement in support of.
The Nor’wester reached out to both Haggie and Warr. Neither MHA responded to a request for comments as of deadline.

By Gina Hartmann
Special to the Nor’wester

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