Medic supports federal health plan

MURWILLUMBAH obstetrician and GP Dr Doug Warne says most people in the health profession would love to see the Federal Government take over hospitals sooner rather than later. In fact he says “it should happen today”.

What is needed is for the Federal Government to get the message. Kevin Rudd actually started the message off with a promise he would take over hospitals if the states did not get their act together.

Well over a year after making that promise, it is clear that the NSW Government is incapable of running the hospital system - because it lacks both the money and the expertise to run anything more complicated than a sausage sizzle stacked with party faithful. Then again it would probably fluff that as well.

During the federal election local MP Justine Elliot ran heavily on the promise that Labor would fix the hospitals. It was clearly a core promise and one which the Government has completely failed to deliver.

If the Rudd Government is not to suffer a massive backlash on this issue alone in the next federal election, it needs to move quickly now to take over hospitals.

Only such a move it seems would save Murwillumbah's maternity services. To suggest that pregnant women needing anything as common or basic in this day and age as an epidural should be put in an ambulance and taken - in labour - to the overcrowded, under-resourced Tweed Hospital shows how far hospital services in this area have deteriorated.

As shown in another story, Murwillumbah Hospital also has so few physiotherapists, they can't take patients to a new hydrotherapy pool which the public raised money to build.

Federal Labor must realise “it's time”- time to take over the hospitals.



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