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Just to thank all the good kind citizens, 350 of them, who came to our Mullumbimby Hospital A&E meeting Thursday night.

As a result of the passion and insight of our supporters, the media and Green and Labor politicians, it seems our cause may be addressed. Don Page took careful note of our community’s concerns and promised to fully question the NSW health minister. Chris Crawford wants the substitution of a night doctor with a telehealth machine as a trial, and claims this is not about saving money. All of rural NSW’s small hospitals are watching us closely! Several local doctors questioned any financial advantage at all in substituting staff for technology.

But really, money aside, our A&E is an essential service, 24 hours a day. Would we close a fire station because there isn’t a fire for a few days?

Dr Liz Elliott, Mullumbimby

 


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