Chris Crawford.
Chris Crawford.

Hospital boss earns Scrooge title

NORTHERN NSW Local Health District chief executive Chris Crawford has been compared to Scrooge after he announced cuts to the facility space of Alstonville Community Health Service.

The NSW Nurses Association yesterday sought the urgent assistance of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to stop next week's planned cuts which would see the floor space of the rented premises at the Alstonville service halved.

The association's Brett Holmes said it was an appalling, penny-pinching decision which was imposed without any community consultation.

"I am advised the proposed reduction in working space will cause services like onsite wound management to cease. It will also reduce waiting room space for families attending the clinic, with many, including babies and young children, being forced to wait on the footpath," Mr Holmes said.

However, Mr Crawford has denied services would be affected and said the decision was on advice that the services could function in a smaller space.

The move at Alstonville which would then make more money available for clinical services. Mr Crawford said as many as 60 properties currently rented were under review and it was his responsibility to ensure the health district got the best value for its dollar.

After talks by the Industrial Relations Commission with the Nurses Association and the health district a decision about the service has been delayed until February 28, while consultation with the community and staff takes place.



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