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health services

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This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Hunter New England Health

Construct and equip a new hospital in Inverell by 2015

The Inverell Hospital is on life support! Inverell Hospital urgently needs to be replaced with a fully funded and equipped hospital. Lets stop the senseless loss of life due to inadequate health services in Inverell! Hunter New England health has released a report into the hospital and if it was a patient it would be in the intensive care ward with a heart monitor in place. It's identified major issues for the future relating to limited access to clinical services, recruitment and retention of the work force, infrastructure problems and the increasing demand for services. It found there's no medical registrar support for lnverell Hospital and specialist VMOs from the Armidale Hospital do not provide a regular service, making it more difficult to manage waiting lists. It also found there are few hospital based allied health staff and recruitment to these positions is difficult. The nursing workforce has ongoing vacancies due to difficulties with recruitment and it identified that 25-percent of staff employed at lnverell Health Service are within five years of retirement. There's also been an increase in demand for renal dialysis services. The report includes at least 40 recommendations on how to respond to the situation. HNEH's Director of Primary and Community Networks Scott McLachlan, says the report shows the need for service improvements and a staged redevelopment, but it doesn't have a budget, so they are starting with is a planning exercise. Stop planning and start constructing! We need a new hospital in Inverell and we need it now.

steven de gunst
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