We cannot continue doing nothing to fix health system
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.