Health­care not wor­thy of city sta­tus

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Adrian Ell­son Dampier

While I ap­pre­ci­ate the new health cam­pus be­ing con­structed in Kar­ratha, I am frus­trated as I sit here in a curled fash­ion and in pain, and the in­abil­ity to se­cure a CT scan over the week­end and now not un­til Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon be­cause, as ad­vised this morn­ing, this ser­vice has been fully booked up by vis­it­ing spe­cial­ists.

Last Fri­day, I hurt my back and on Satur­day morn­ing could not walk without the use of a walking stick and in pain.

I had my wife take me to Nickol Bay Hos­pi­tal emer­gency depart­ment.

And while the staff there were very pro­fes­sional, they could do no more than treat my pain be­cause there was no ca­pac­ity to do a CT Scan on the week­end.

I was sent home with a re­fer­ral to get a CT Scan to­day, and then see my GP for fol­low-up.

And, as said, I was ad­vised this morn­ing that there is no ca­pac­ity to deal with me un­til Wed­nes­day.

It irks me that there is no week­end ca­pac­ity in our lo­cal spe­cial­ist health ser­vices, but it fur­ther irks me that the emer­gency depart­ment could not book the CT scan it­self, which is re­flec­tive of in­ef­fec­tive and in­ef­fi­cient prac­tices within the health sys­tem.

And there is no ex­cuse for this given to­day’s tech­nol­ogy.

And, it fur­ther irks me that be­cause of po­lit­i­cal egos, we are now re­ferred to as the City of Kar­ratha.

There has been no im­prove­ment in ser­vices on the ground since this de­ci­sion.

The first thing to oc­cur with this new nam­ing, was the strip­ping of pub­lic sec­tor em­ployee ben­e­fits.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook, I truly think it is time for you and your peers to step up to the mark and en­sure that this City of Kar­ratha is pro­vided with all the ser­vices that is found within any nor­mal city, or have the for­ti­tude to re­name/re­clas­sify this so called city back to the re­gional Shire of Roe­bourne.

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