July 9, 2018 ~ In an area bombshell, Dr. Todd Young announced his
medical clinic Family Practice in Springdale will end in October of this year.
Protests are currently being organized by some area residents in support of Dr. Young and social media has simply lit up with reactions to the announcement.
Today Central Health released a statement regarding the pending closure.
They say Dr. Young submitted a new application for hospital privileges on June 22, 2018. They added that application has not been processed and there has been no decision yet either way regarding his hospital privileges.
They also stated Dr. Young “has had courtesy privileges since early 2016. Courtesy privileges enable family physicians to order diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, rehabilitation services, health promotion, health education, and community care to serve the needs of their patients.“
Here is the statement, in full:
MEDIA STATEMENT – MAIN STREET MEDICAL CLINIC FACEBOOK POST – 09/07/2018
Central Health Administration was advised today that a Facebook post on Main Street Medical Clinic’s page on July 9, 2018 cites “the inability to obtain hospital privileges from Central Health” as the reason for a planned closure of the family medicine practice. Further, it is understood that Dr. Young has indicated that he “…has exhausted all efforts to resolve this issue…”.
Central Health can confirm that Dr. Young submitted a new application for privileges on June 22, 2018. The health authority is currently awaiting certain information from Dr. Young in connection to that application, so it has not yet been processed. At this stage, there has been no decision regarding approval or denial of the current application for privileges. Further, last week Dr. Young made Application to the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal a decision by the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal to uphold a decision to not grant Dr. Young privileges, in relation to an earlier application.
While Dr. Young does not currently have full privileges with Central Health, he has had courtesy privileges since early 2016. Courtesy privileges enable family physicians to order diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, rehabilitation services, health promotion, health education, and community care to serve the needs of their patients. The Central Health region has a number of family physicians who operate family practice clinics without associate and active privileges. Dr. Young has done so since early 2016.