Health­care fund­ing sorely needed

Pilbara News - - OPINION - Bernadette Hen­shaw Wick­ham

I would sug­gest that the coun­cil put up some money with the Govern­ment to fund more health staff.

I had an aneurysm in De­cem­ber. I was trans­ferred from Wick­ham to Roe­bourne Hos­pi­tal to Nickol Bay.

At 5.15pm the Nickol Bay doc­tor told my part­ner I wouldn’t be hav­ing an MRI scan un­til the fol­low­ing day.

My part­ner dis­puted this, to no avail.

I had my MRI the next day, a tele­con­fer­ence with a Perth neu­rol­o­gist en­sued and Nickol Bay was told to put me on a plane ur­gently. Thank you to the RFDS, am­bos and Roe­bourne Hos­pi­tal staff.

I hope the coun­cil choose wisely but more es­sen­tial ser­vices staff are needed more than va­cant ho­tel rooms. I was lucky and would be deeply sad­dened if a sim­i­lar thing hap­pened to some­one in the area with­out the proper care they needed due to a fo­cus on tourism.

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