Threat of ‘emergency’ medical staff action at Tweed
TWEED Hospital doctors have threatened to call an emergency meeting for medical staff at the facility, after a critical meeting with NSW Health Infrastructure yesterday where options for Stage One of the upgrade were discussed.
After the talks, lasting close to four hours, Medical Staff Council chairman Dr Mike Lindley-Jones told the Tweed Daily News the $48 million pledged by the NSW Health Minister was not enough to cover Stage One.
“We have been caught out in a costings trap and been given a number that hasn’t matched up with the expectations,” Dr Lindley-Jones said.
“We don’t even know where that number came from, it was a bureaucrat’s figure.
“The cost of Stage One has exceeded the promised amount. We are becoming more concerned that the service plan will not be funded.”
However, Dr Lindley-Jones said he remained “hopeful” heading into a meeting with Health Minister Jillian Skinner on Monday.
“If the full funding amount does not transpire we will call an emergency senior medical staff meeting and discuss what our options are and in terms of whether we accept a lesser amount or whether we campaign for the full redevelopment,” he said.
“It’s crucial that the Government comes to the party for the local population and honours their commitment, clinical Stage One, not just the spurious number of $48m.”
The latest development comes as Northern NSW Local Health District board chairman Dr Brian Pezzutti said this week a new Tweed Hospital would be built within four years.