Health

Province says 25 patients have benefited from ‘fly-in, fly-out’ cardiac catheterization

The province has unveiled another tool in its efforts to curb wait times for cardiac care, especially in rural areas. 

It’s called a “fly-in fly out solution”, bringing patients to St. John’s for procedures that are only offered in the capital. NTV’s Jodi Cooke reports.

Southern Avalon communities fear they will soon be left without ambulance services

Communities along the southern Avalon may be losing their only ambulance as the owner of seven private ambulance services gave notice to withdraw the ambulance in a little over 100 days.

NTV’s Marykate O’Neill has the details.

Tory MHA concerned with Botwood losing another family doctor

Botwood is losing another family doctor soon, and the MHA for the area is concerned health services are continuing to dwindle in his district. NTV’s Colleen Lewis reports.

Province expands Come Home Year incentives for health care professionals

It’s the province’s latest effort to deal with a shortage of health workers to Newfoundland and Labrador. On Thursday, the government expended Come Home Year incentives for health care professionals. NTV’s Ben Cleary reports.

Lisa Driscoll released from custody after appearing in court on charges of impersonating nurse

The woman charged with impersonating a nurse at multiple long-term care homes in the province appeared in court Wednesday. Lisa Driscoll has been released on a number of conditions and will be back in court March 8. NTV’s Rosie Mullaley reports.

Travelling Orthopaedic Team makes first surgical trip to Northern Peninsula

Eastern Health’s new travelling orthopaedic surgery team is on its first surgical trip to the Northern Peninsula. NTV’s Bailey Howard reports.

Mental health advocates speak out against stigma

Local mental health advocates are speaking out on Bell Let’s Talk Day. They want to combat stigma and promote positive change with mental health services. NTV’s Marykate O’Neill reports.

Private ambulance workers back on job after essential services bill signed into law

Private ambulance workers are back on the job after new legislation declaring them an essential service was signed into law Tuesday. But the union says an essential services agreement with Fewer’s still likely won’t happen without direction from the Labour Relations Board. NTV’s David Salter reports.

No regrets from NDP for delaying debate, as Jim Dinn says government should have acted sooner

The NDP caucus was on the hotseat Monday after delaying the start of debate on an essential services bill for striking ambulance workers. But party leader Jim Dinn has no regrets, and says the whole situation could have been avoided if government had acted sooner. NTV’s Marykate O’Neill reports.

RNC arrests Lisa Driscoll, charges her with fraud involving falsified nursing credentials

Lisa Driscoll has been arrested and charged with fraud involving falsified nursing credentials, the RNC announced Tuesday.

Police responded to a report of a fraud at a local long-term-care facility in St. John’s on June 10, 2022. They were informed that 43-year-old Lisa Driscoll had obtained a position in the long-term-care facility through fraudulent means.

The investigation was forwarded to the RNC’s Economic Crimes Unit. The investigation lad to the discovery of more cases in which Driscoll had applied for and obtained nursing positions in long-term-care facilities in the St. John’s area by fraudulent means. Police say Driscoll has applied for and obtained nursing positions under various surnames, including Driscoll, O’Driscoll, Strickland and Harris, with the use of similar given names.

As a result of the investigation, Driscoll was arrested and charged Monday with multiple Criminal Code of Canada offences, and offences under provincial legislation connected to the use of falsified nursing credentials. 

Driscoll was held to appear in court on the following charges:

–       Fraud x 3

–       Breach of Probation x 3

–       Identity Theft x 2 

–       Perjury x 1

–       Breach of the Licensed Practical Nurses Act

–       Breach of the Registered Nurses Act

This is not the first incident involving Driscoll. Back in December, Central Health released a statement saying that Driscoll had impersonated a registered nurse at one of its facilities. She had worked 25 shifts at Lakeside Homes between Aug. 19 and Nov. 7.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this or any similar incident is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com or use the P3Tips app #SayItHere

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