Nurses oppose hospitals 'amalgamation'
THE NSW Nurses Association is urging residents to rally against further decline of health services under proposed amalgamations planned for the Northern Rivers.
Organiser Jo-Anne McKeough told a meeting of the Northern River Health Care group in Lismore that a growing population, increased tourism and births in the region made the proposal detrimental to our health.
Ms McKeough was addressing concerns of the association that the position of Director of Nursing would merge across hospitals to look after more than one site.
She said amalgamation was planned for Murwillumbah and The Tweed Hospitals, Ballina and Lismore Base Hospitals, Maclean and Grafton Base Hospitals, Wauchope and Port Macquarie Base Hospitals, Bonalbo, Casino and Campbell Hospitals, Urbenville, Kyogle and Nimbin Multi-Purpose Service.
A NCAHS spokesperson confirmed the sites would be “managed”, but not “amalgamated”.