Future of Campbellton health facilities still unknown despite positive meeting with Minister

Though two northern New Brunswick mayors say a recent meeting with the province's Health Minister was positive, the future of a youth psychiatric facility being built in Campbellton is still up in the air.

The Acadie-Nouvelle reports mayors Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin of Campbellton and Michel Soucy of Atholville met with Health Minister Ted Flemming over concerns about the youth facility and Restigouche Hospital Centre last week.

Both facilities made headlines earlier this year following a scathing report about the hospital by the Auditor General, and when the Higgs government put the brakes on the building the youth facility.

Soucy says Flemming was open minded with the same goals for the facility as he and his Campbellton counterpart.

He says all parties want to find solutions so the hospital can once again become a true centre of excellence in psychiatry.

Anglehart-Paulin meanwhile, says she would have liked assurance from the minister that the youth facility building would be used for its planned purpose.

But if not, she says, it will be used for another purpose.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)