GEORGE DEMANDS ACTION ON LISMORE HOSPITAL 000 SCANDAL

GEORGE DEMANDS ACTION ON LISMORE HOSPITAL 000 SCANDAL

29 March 2010

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George is demanding immediate State Government intervention after revelations a patient at Lismore Base Hospital had to dial 000 to get the attention of a nurse.

The emergency call buttons at Lismore Hospital don’t work. Patients have been issued with brass bells but when these failed to attract a nurse’s attention, one elderly patient had to resort to calling 000 on his mobile phone.

“This scandal is yet another disastrous consequence of the NSW Labor Government’s decision to axe 400 full-time jobs from North Coast hospitals,” Mr George said.

“The nurses at Lismore do an incredible job, but there are clearly no longer enough of them to keep up with growing demand.”

Mr George said he had not spoken to the patient, who is a World War II veteran, but had taken swift action to get the Government to address the problems at the hospital.

“I have today written to Labor Premier Kristina Keneally asking her to visit the hospital and remedy the situation immediately,” Mr George said.

“I am also asking for a formal NSW Legislative Council inquiry into the crisis at Lismore Base Hospital.”

“The statement by Lismore Base Hospital Medical Staff Council media liaison officer Dr Chris Ingall that NSW Labor is ‘running down Lismore Base Hospital in anticipation of a Federal Government takeover’ is deeply worrying.” [source: www.northernstar.com.au/story/2010/03/27/man-calls-000-from-lismore-base-hospital-bed/ ]

“Instead of downgrading hospital services in a region of growing and ageing population, the Government must get Stage 3 of the redevelopment back on track as promised not put on the backburner,” Mr George concluded.

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