Last chance to speak out on health crisis

NORTHERN Rivers residents have been given one more chance to tell a state health inquiry about issues with their health service.

The head of a Special Commission of Inquiry into acute public healthcare in NSW, Peter Garling, SC, will hold a public hearing at the Lismore Base Hospital from midday on Monday, April 28.

The inquiry follows widespread complaints across NSW, including the Northern Rivers.

Those complaints have increased since a woman was last year left to have a miscarriage in the public toilet of Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.

Lismore Base Hospital has also faced its own share of complaints, including recent claims of overcrowding, under-funding, of people being misdiagnosed, and of a dying man being left on the hospital floor for more than an hour.

The North Coast Area Health Service and the State Government have been also under pressure over the state of the hospital and delays in upgrades that would provide a new radiotherapy unit and emergency and ward facilities.

Written submissions to the inquiry closed last month, but Lismore MP Thomas George said Northern Rivers people planning to attend the Lismore hearing had been given until the end of this week to write to the inquiry.

Mr George encouraged residents to make submissions and to attend the inquiry.

Submissions can be sent directly to the inquiry, or to Mr George's office. People can also lodge a written submission to the Lismore hearing

Anyone wanting to send a written submission direct to the inquiry can post it to: Special Commission of Inquiry, Acute Care Services in NSW Public Hospitals, PO Box A4, Sydney, 1235; or by email to

To lodge a submission through Mr George you should call his office on 6621 3624.

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