We can­not con­tinue do­ing noth­ing to fix health sys­tem

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

De­niliquin and dis­trict's heath sys­tem is in cri­sis.

Our doc­tors are phys­i­cally un­able to see any more pa­tients, and our nurses are work­ing dou­ble shifts to en­sure the hospi­tal is staffed.

Some­thing needs to be done, and soon. Our well­be­ing de­pends on it.

One could ar­gue that the new di­rec­tive to re­move sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures for chil­dren un­der 15 at De­niliquin Hospi­tal may ease the bur­den, but it would be one of few pos­i­tives.

Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­trict re­gional gen­eral man­ager Rose­mary Garth­waite re­fuses to call the “role de­lin­eation” di­rec­tive from NSW Health as a down­grade, but how can any loss of a ser­vice be con­sid­ered oth­er­wise?

And how can we pos­si­bly at­tract more doc­tors and nurses to work in a com­mu­nity with a hospi­tal that is hav­ing its ser­vices taken away? How can we pos­si­bly at­tract res­i­dents to our town?

For too long we have sat silently by while our health ser­vices have been chipped away.

Al­beit be­grudg­ingly we have ac­cepted the fact that we may need to travel out of town for cer­tain health ser­vices. But when will it end?

If we con­tinue to ac­cept that th­ese ser­vices are lo­cated out­side our com­mu­nity, we’ll never again be able to sat­isfy de­mand for it to be re­in­stated.

The de­ci­sions are all based on sta­tis­tics and de­mand.

Health ad­vo­cates Shirlee Burge and Joy Allen have pre­sented eight pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to De­niliquin’s health cri­sis to NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans and NSW Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian.

The im­me­di­ate in­vest­ment in De­niliquin Hospi­tal to re­in­state lost ser­vices is a short term op­tion, as is the re­vi­sion of the health clas­si­fi­ca­tion which af­fects our abil­ity to at­tract health pro­fes­sion­als.

In the longer term, training fa­cil­i­ties to aid in re­cruit­ment should be con­sid­ered.

The NSW Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment has to prove to the De­niliquin com­mu­nity it can get re­sults.

It can no longer rely on its safe seat sta­tus in Mur­ray, and De­niliquin sent that mes­sage loud and clear when all its polling places favoured the Shoot­ers, Fish­ers & Farm­ers Party in last month’s by-elec­tion.

De­niliquin Hospi­tal and more doc­tors in De­niliquin must be a top pri­or­ity.

It would be naive to think throw­ing money at the prob­lem will pro­vide a quick fix, but do­ing noth­ing is not an op­tion.

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