Northern NSW Local Health District chief executive Chris Crawford
Northern NSW Local Health District chief executive Chris Crawford Jacklyn Wagner

Labor wants Crawford disciplined over lifestyle comments

DISCIPLINARY action has been called for in State Parliament after northern NSW health boss Chris Crawford accused sick workers of "engaging in unhealthy lifestyles".

NSW Nurses Association slammed Mr Crawford for his wording in a staff newsletter addressing sick leave rates.

"Managers have reported that some staff are taking sick leave due to their general state of unwellness, resulting from their engaging in unhealthy lifestyles (eg smoking, excess drinking, overweightness, and being unfit)," he wrote.

Labor MP Walt Secord questioned whether the government would take any action over the statement.

"Does the government support this statement? Does the chief executive officer retain the government's full support?" he asked.

North Coast Minister Duncan Gray ducked questions on whether Mr Crawford would be chastised.

He said he would "pass on" the question to Minister for Health Jillian Skinner.



Revved up over more racing events in Kyogle area

premium_icon Revved up over more racing events in Kyogle area

Robust debate over the future of motorsport in the Kyogle area.

$6.5 million development planned for East Lismore

premium_icon $6.5 million development planned for East Lismore

The development has 25 lots and will house 61 people

Aldi store to close its doors for major renovations

premium_icon Aldi store to close its doors for major renovations

Make sure you get your Aldi fix before next week

Local Partners