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Photos tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday show worrying conditions at the Health Sciences Center in St. John's, including what appears to be feces in hospital rooms.  (Submitted by the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador – photo credit)

Photos tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday show worrying conditions at the Health Sciences Center in St. John's, including what appears to be feces in hospital rooms. (Submitted by the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador – photo credit)

Photos tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday show worrying conditions at the Health Sciences Center in St. John's, including what appears to be feces in hospital rooms.Photos tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday show worrying conditions at the Health Sciences Center in St. John's, including what appears to be feces in hospital rooms.

Photos tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday show worrying conditions at the Health Sciences Center in St. John's, including what appears to be feces in hospital rooms.

Photos tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday show worrying conditions at the Health Sciences Center in St. John's, including what appears to be feces in hospital rooms. (Submitted by the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador)

Photos tabled in the House of Assembly show worrying conditions at Newfoundland and Labrador's largest hospital, including what appears to be rodent feces on hospital floors.

The photos were submitted by PC health critic Barry Petten, who told the House that they were taken by a man who remained hospitalized for surgery in February.

Photos shared with CBC News show dirty sinks, holes in the walls covered with tape, trash on the floors and what appears to be feces.

“When they got up, they walked around and noticed these things,” Petten told reporters.

“It's quite worrying. I mean, apparently there was rat droppings and probably mice too. There is garbage. That's not good enough, you know? None of us should want to recover from serious surgery there.”

Health Minister Tom Osborne told reporters he was unaware of the photos before they were submitted by Petten. Immediately after the question period, he contacted Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services CEO David Diamond for more information.

“When a facility is like that, it’s just unacceptable,” Osborne said.

“If a patient sees something like this, they should immediately bring it to the attention of hospital staff… But I will definitely look into it.”

The hospital is currently undergoing renovations to expand its emergency department.

Petten said he wants a full assessment of the building to ensure the hospital is maintaining proper cleaning standards.

“The people who go to these hospitals need to be treated better,” he said. “I think it’s time for the government to really focus on what we have, infrastructure and upgrades, and keeping what it has up to date.”

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