Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says restoration work on the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James is proceeding apace.

He’s also calling on critics to refrain from creating panic over the delays in finishing the rehabilitation of the facility.

He was responding to Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, who during a recent visit to the hospital lamented the length of time being taken to complete the project.

The hospital was shutdown approximately two-years ago to be overhauled after staff and patients complained of a noxious smell.

Dr. Phillips noted that numerous deadlines have been missed in completing the repairs.

However, the Health Minister argued that the magnitude of the work being undertaken is enormous.

Dr. Tufton was speaking on Friday during the opening of a stand-alone state-of-the-art radiology facility on the hospital grounds in St. James.

He says the new facility is another building block in the overall restoration of the hospital and will ensure more efficient treatment.

Dr Tufton also says the new equipment will bring state of the art technology to the facility.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.