Peggy Balfour, Mullumbimby
I agree with Lester Prowse (Echonetdaily, July 2) regarding the health service plans to equip Mullum Hospital with a teleconference linkup. I think it is a good idea and I am all for modern technology.
However, I don’t see why the night-shift doctor needs to be replaced by a machine. Why not have both? I bet both the Lismore Base and St Vincent’s hospitals that Lester mentions have night doctors in attendance as well as the TV communications.
The doctor in Mullumbimby Hospital is there for immediate attention to emergencies and the TV would be there for backup advice in the event that the doctor required verification of diagnosis, a second opinion or whatever.
If the health service is concerned about the cost of retaining the doctor, that’s easily fixed. Just sack a couple of public servant paper-shufflers, that would cover the expense.
In life’s poker game of health and happiness, one doctor beats two public servants.