r Brian Pezzutti is disappointed by the lack of a recommendation for more money to be spent on NSW health in a new funding report.
r Brian Pezzutti is disappointed by the lack of a recommendation for more money to be spent on NSW health in a new funding report.

Dr Pezzutti is far from impressed

Lismore anaesthetist Dr Brian Pezzutti said he was dismayed there was no recommendation to spend more money on health in Peter Garling SC’s report on the NSW public health system which was handed to Premier Nathan Rees on Wednesday.
The report said the NSW health system was in crisis and needed a radical overhaul.
Dr Pezzutti said many of the report’s recommendations were good, but they would cost a lot of money to implement.
Commissioner Garling said he was told the North Coast Area Health Service got about $70 million less each year than it should under the current funding formula and the inequity had been in place since the 1980s.
“We should be getting our fair share,” Dr Pezzutti said.
He said the money should be shared out among the health services based on their demographics.
“Each area has a certain number of aged people, disabled people, mentally ill, poor, rich and tourists,” the doctor said.
“It’s a complicated formula, but we should be getting more funding.”
Instead of spending more money, the Garling report said greater efficiencies should be achieved.
Dr Pezzutti said the health service could be more efficient but it would costmoney.
The report recommended setting up four new bodies to improve the quality and effectiveness of the health workforce.
“If the government does not provide additional funds for this, it will have to come out of the current funding,” he said.
“It is clear they have got into trouble this year already.”


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