Labor commits to putting in place more effective nurse patient ratios in regional hospitals including Ballina.
More than 18 months after Echonetdaily exposed the shambolic state of the Ballina Hospital emergency department, the state government has decided it is time to throw some money at it.
Ballina Hospital patients are set to benefit from a new, state-of-the-art operating theatre complex and medical imaging upgrades under a $7.35 million redevelopment, the government says.
As the state’s new health minister, Brad Hazzard, prepares to visit north coast hospitals for his first time in the role, his ALP counterpart, Walt Secord, has challenged him to ‘spell out how he is going to fix chronic understaffing across the region’.
Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) says it has made ‘improvements’ to the waiting room at Ballina District Hospital. An exclusive expose in Echonetdaily last week revealed overcrowded conditions on New Year’s Day, including a patient in a hospital gown lying on the footpath outside.
The NSW Labor Party has upped the ante in its bid to win the state seat of Ballina, promising a $7.3 million upgrade of Ballina hospital and $30 million for local schools.
Waiting times at Ballina Hospital’s emergency department are too long and the state government is to blame for ripping up to $3 billion in funding out of the health department, according to shadow health minister Walt Secord.
NSW health minister Jillian Skinner unveiled detailed plans for the new $80 million Byron Central Hospital, now on display, when she visited the Ewingsdale site yesterday.
NSW opposition leader John Robertson has described a state government plan to privatise hundreds of ancillary hospital jobs on the north coast as the ‘worst single attack on north coast health services in recent memory’.