There’s no doctor in the house

QUESTIONS about whether or not Casino Hospital has been operating without enough doctors this week have been answered in a resounding way.

But it took a two-year-old toddler with a fractured arm to highlight the fact that Casino’s population of 10,000 can’t always count on proper medical care when they really need it.

That a youngster, in what must have been a fair amount of pain, turned up to the hospital for treatment of a reasonably routine injury and was told to either come back later or go elsewhere is nothing short of outrageous.

It’s scary to think how dangerously exposed that leaves Casino’s residents and those in surrounding areas.

What would have happened if someone presented to the hospital with chest pains or been involved in an industrial accident at the meatworks?

The Northern Star acknowledges there’s a chronic shortage of doctors in regional areas and accepts Casino has been particularly hard hit by the sudden departure of one of their medicos.

But is NSW Health in such a perilous state that such contingencies can’t be covered?

We know the hospital’s remaining staff are doing their best and health administrators are trying to fill the gaps, but those efforts are cold comfort for the residents of Casino.

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