The Beagle Editor, Our community has done its bit during the recent bushfire disaster and our current COVID19 threat.
Residents have complied with social distancing and isolation. Businesses have closed their doors. Health workers have prepared for the worst with limited resources. Essential services have kept us supplied with food and fuel.
Now it is time for the NSW Government and the SNSWLHD to do their bit.
It is three years since action on a recommendation by the Agency for Clinical Innovation of NSW Health could have seen an increased level of Emergency, Surgical and High Dependancy services in effect now during our time of need.
It is nearly two years since a promise of a new level 4 regional hospital for the Eurobodalla.
There is still no ratified Clinical Services Plan.
There is no starting date except for the nebulous reference to “within the term of the current government”
There is no guarantee that the doors of this ephemeral new hospital will open with level 4 services fully functioning. Indeed, we may expect a promise of “transition” to level 4 services possibly within the term of the next NSW Government.
It is now one month since letters were sent to the Premier, the Minister for Health, the Member for Bega, the Shadow Minister for Health, the Chief Executive SNSWLHD and the President of NSW AMA including copies of 64 letters from the doctors of the Eurobodalla requesting immediate action on a single new level 4 hospital. This represents approximately 90% of the medical workforce of the Eurobodalla.
There has been no response from any of these parties.
The local state MP has not responded to over 1000 letters requesting action that have been received by his office since October 2019.
It is obvious that a lot has been going on in these threatening times.
However, this does not excuse the patronisation of our community’s expectations.
There are 4 basic principles of medical ethics - autonomy, justice, beneficence and non-maleficence.
The inaction of NSW Health in the past and in our current situation fails these principles.
We do not need further surveys and consultation. We need action.
We do not need to be told that SNSWLHD has learnt from ”the SERH experience”.
History will repeat itself if the community and health care workers are not heard.
We have been telling them for years.
Our community could have had a level 4 regional hospital now in the Eurobodalla if twenty years ago there had not been the division of sentiment between the population centres as well as the opposition of the medical dinosaurs of that time.
Let’s unite now and get this hospital going. Michael Holland.
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