16 February 2007
Hospital Waits Highest Ever Under Iemma
The Report on Government Services 2007 shows that NSW performed worse than the national average on a majority of health waiting time and emergency department indicators in 2005 and overall the NSW performance rated the worst of any mainland state in Australia.
According to the latest figures on the NSW Health website, waiting lists have increased by 8,000 more people since Labor came to power on a promise to halve waiting lists. This is not counting 14,453 people that Labor has removed from official waiting lists, with or without their knowledge, in an effort to artificially reduced waiting lists.
Flashing Lights in School Zones
With the start of the school year, the need for flashing lights to be installed at every school zone has again been highlighted. Flashing lights indicating a 40km/h zone are currently installed at only 100 NSW schools and there is a need for all other schools who do not currently have flashing lights to have them installed.
Flashing lights at school zones have proven to be an effective way of reminding drivers to slow down, and also to improve conditions for drivers by ensuring they know when school zones are operational. The safety of our children should be a number one priority.
NRMA Community Help Grants
NRMA Insurance has launched the 2007 Communityhelp Grants program which recognises the positive changes being made within communities on the back of projects developed and implemented by local groups. The program offers grants of between $500 and $5,000 to groups undertaking projects in areas of crime prevention, injury prevention, emergency services and the environment.
I encourage local groups to apply for a grant. Applications are available from my office, from an NRMA Insurance office, by visiting www.nrma.com.au/grants or phoning 1300 306 496 to obtain a copy of the Communityhelp Grant Guidelines and Application Form. Applications close on Friday 30 March, 2007.
Public Dental Services
The Liberal/Nationals dental health policy will help hundreds of thousands of people in NSW get their teeth fixed in the public health system. In NSW there are 215,000 people on the public dental waiting list.
These people are waiting for dental care because Morris Iemma won’t face up to the failure of his NSW dental health system.
The Liberal/Nationals policy will attract dental care professionals to work in the public health system. Dental professionals are some of the state’s most important frontline workers and NSW needs more of them.
The policy will provide:
$65 million to reduce dental treatment waiting lists and improve public dental health, including funds for comprehensive and preventative treatment;
$40.18 million to increase remuneration for all dental professionals in the public service. This will align remuneration more closely with the private sector and other health-care providers in the public sector and will help attract and retain dental health professionals into the NSW public health system;
$28.62 million for more dental and para-dental clinicians attracted and retained over time as working conditions improve for dental health workers;
$57.3 million to provide dental internships to improve training and immediately increase the public dental health workforce; and,
$3.6 million for Rural And Remote dental education scholarships to support the training and development of dentists dedicated to rural and remote service
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