Government short changes local hospitals
By ZOE SATHERLEY
IT'S official. The North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) is missing out on millions of dollars worth of NSW Government funding each year.
Chief executive Chris Crawford has confirmed what the specialists have been saying all along.
And the hospital that is most affected is Lismore Base ?- struggling each year with $5 million less than it rightfully deserves under the State's own Resource Distribution Formula (RDF).
Department of Health figures show that this year the region was under-funded by $30 million.
In a statement, Mr Crawford has confirmed that, based on this year's regional health budget, NCAHS is expected to be even further in the red at 8 per cent below its RDF share by 2007/08.
"This issue is at the core of the current health crisis," said Dr Rob Simon, chairman of the LBH Medical Staff Council (MSC).
"The budget is not enough to pay for the amount of operating time, equipment and services required.
"For example, we use an operating light and an operating table, both from the 1960s, that should have been replaced decades ago."
There is a health crisis public meeting in Lismore City Hall between 2pm-4pm on Saturday.