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No front-line jobs lost, says NCAHS

NSW Health has assured local MPs no front-line jobs will be lost and North Coast services will receive a $4 million boost as the region's health service tries to slash $30 million from its budget.

The assurances were given as the North Coast Area Health Service released a survey finding more patients would recommend their local service than patients in other parts of the State.

Lismore MP Thomas George, who attended the meeting with the head of NSW Health, said the local service would create more permanent positions for doctors and nurses to reduce its reliance on locums and agency staff.

“During the meeting it was also revealed the NCAHS received an increase of $37 million for this year, and in recent weeks an additional $4 million was allocated, the biggest share of any region,” he said.

After months of controversy following the announcement of the proposed cuts, Health Service Chief Executive, Chris Crawford, praised his staff when releasing the independent survey.

“This is testament to the skills and dedication of our doctors, nurses and allied health workers, as well as the important support staff they depend on,” Mr Crawford said.

The responses were more positive than the State average, and rose to 96.8 per cent for treatment at community health, 95.7 per cent for pediatric services and 95.4 per cent for adult rehabilitation services.



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