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
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.