Murdock backs hospital plan
THE Coalition’s plan to replace Area Health Services with community-controlled boards would be a big step forward in solving the North Coast hospitals crisis, according to Nationals candidate for Richmond Tania Murdock.
Tania Murdock, who with husband Colin runs two pharmacies in Pottsville, said she was seeing first-hand the consequences of inefficient mega-bureaucracies in charge of hospital policy.
“The Tweed Hospital is arguably one of the most stressed on the North Coast with occupancy rates frequently over 100 per cent, yet it simply isn’t getting its fair share,” Mrs Murdock said.
Under the Coalition policy, each major public hospital would be given its own management board.
These boards would include the chair of the medical staff council and the director of nursing as well as community representatives with experience in running large companies.
Boards would appoint CEOs and, with the CEO, manage hospital budgets.