Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

On Sun­day the 26th of Fe­bru­ary, at 0530hrs, I took my wife to the Moss­man Hospi­tal as she was feel­ing very poorly.

Within 20 min­utes she was gravely ill with in­di­ca­tions of a pos­si­ble heart at­tack.

The ER doc­tors re­quested a he­li­copter med evac to Cairns but the chop­per was not avail­able un­til 1100hrs at the ear­li­est. A de­ci­sion was then made to trans­fer her by am­bu­lance to the Cairns Hospi­tal.

The out­stand­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the ER doc­tors and nurses on duty at the time, as well as the am­bos in­volved in trans­fer­ing my wife to Cairns are, I be­lieve, re­spon­si­ble for my wife be­ing with me to­day.

Thank you, to all you won­der­ful peo­ple, for the mag­nif­i­cent work you per­form.

A. ( Fred ) Bren­decke, Moss­man

ad­journ­ment for one month – this is also agreed to. On a third oc­ca­sion a re­quest for a fur­ther one-month ad­journ­ment is made and agreed to.

At the three pre­vi­ous ad­journed hear­ings the po­lice prose­cu­tor is present and ready. Some of the vic­tims are in court, too, all to no avail.

To the or­di­nary per­son this does seem to be a to­tal waste of re­sources, the court staff, the po­lice and the vic­tims who may have taken time off­from work to at­tend.

Also with re­spect would it be too dif­fi­cult for the court to ad­vise the pub­lic on why all these long de­lays are nec­es­sary. Do the vic­tirns have the right to op­pose a re­quest for an ad­journ­ment and re­quest the court to pro­ceed with the hear­ing?

B R Searle, Moss­man

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