Irresponsible Cutbacks 15 September 1999


15 September 1999

Thomas George, Member for Lismore has slammed the Carr Government as being totally irresponsible, if foreshadowed cutbacks of $6m go ahead in the Northern Rivers Area Health Service.

"I call on the Minister for Health, The Hon Craig Knowles to urgently reject or confirm reports of the closure of the fracture clinic, endoscopy unit, operating theatres and the extended closure of the Women's Care Unit for 10 weeks over Christmas and Easter" said Thomas George.

In addition, I am seeking an immediate guarantee that the Lismore Base Hospital Children's Ward is being transferred to the Orthopaedic Ward for maintenance only and will be immediately reinstated in full on the completion of this maintenance.

Further to the above cutbacks at the Lismore Base Hospital, I do not accept that two lifts will also be shut down due to high cost of repairs which will have patients, cleaners, staff and public travelling in the lift together.

"Is this only the start of what further cutbacks might be planned for the Northern Rivers Area Health Service?"

"The people of the Lismore electorate deserve these services, NOT CUTBACKS and again I call on Minister Knowles to reject any loss of services to our region" Thomas George concluded.

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