MURWILLUMBAH HOSPITAL DOWNGRADE 'DOLLAR-DRIVEN'

Murwillumbah Hospital Downgrade ‘Dollar-driven’

The surprise revelations that services are being downgraded at Murwillumbah Hospital typifies the management style of the North Coast Area Health Service which is ‘dollar-driven’ and lacking in community consultation.

“The NCAHS is moving three senior staff positions to the Tweed Hospital, cancelling the appointment of new obstetricians and combining the adult surgical and children’s wards.” Mr Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore said today.

“No community consultation has been undertaken on any of these decisions and all of them are unacceptable.

“As was the case when Casino and Kyogle services were relocated to Lismore, the NCAHS is ignoring the needs of Far North Coast residents living to the west of Murwillumbah.

“Many of these residents already travel more than an hour for health services and will be further disadvantaged by these changes.”

Mr George said these people had been forgotten for the sake of dollars.

“The continual downgrade of NSW health services are a result of poor planning and questionable management of health resources.

“The people living away from the coast should not be put at risk as a result of these issues.

“I am deeply concerned about these changes to health services in the Tweed region and will be raising my strong objections in the Parliament today,” said Mr George.

Media contact Thomas George 6621 3624 or 0427 360 781

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577