Actions of health service sickening

NORTHERN RIVERS families and communities are being discriminated against by our North Coast Area Health Service.

With the highest birth rate in NSW we have early childhood nursing staff levels at an all-time low and we have no child psychologist in Casino at the Community Health Centre because the NCAHS says the current occupant is on leave (for several months) and is not being replaced during this time.

Now the palliative care social worker at the Richmond Specialist Palliative Care Service has also been axed as part of the NCAHS budget cuts.

This will mean families in need at this terrible time will no longer have access to emotional and practical assistance and support when their loved ones are dying.

Partners and children will suffer from this move considered by NCAHS as an above-establishment position, even though it had dealt with around 800 patients since February this year.

There is certainly a theme here and it is one that doesn't bode well for Northern Rivers families in the future.

This is why it is good to see local parents in Bangalow standing up and letting NCAHS know what they think about the situation by protesting outside the Bangalow Community Health Centre.

But the North Coast Parents' Alliance might need to extend their charter further than early childhood nurses for the area if NCAHS continues wielding its axes across areas in our health system that affect families so deeply in our region.



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