The Glen Innes community has enthusiastically backed a petition for a 24-hour doctor on duty at Glen Innes Hospital, with over 500 signatures in just 5 days from local residents.
The petition was launched by NSW Upper House MP Dawn Walker, Health Spokesperson for the Greens, and is the brain-child of local Councillor and Deputy Mayor Carol Sparks.
“As a local resident, I’ve never seen a petition catch on so quickly in this town. There’s been a tremendous response from community members who are looking for a doctor on duty at both Glen Innes hospital, and for that matter Emmaville”, said Councillor Sparks.
“As a registered nurse, I know just how hard our local doctors and nurses work to deliver care in this town. But without support from Hunter-New England Health for a 24-hour doctor on duty, they are all stretched too thin. Doesn’t the NSW government see the need for round-the-clock healthcare in our rural towns?” said Councillor Sparks.
The petition grew from a recent visit to Glen Innes by NSW MP Dawn Walker.
“As NSW Health Spokesperson for the Greens, I was shocked to learn that the Liberal-Nationals government won’t provide for a 24-hour doctor on duty in Glen Innes," said Dawn Walker.
"With the nearest major hospital 100km away in Armidale and local GPs already working full-time all day, the strain on local doctors, nurses and emergency workers is immense. A night-time emergency could all too readily become a tragedy.
“This petition will enable the Glen Innes community to have their voices heard in the NSW parliament, and I will be there to ensure the NSW government pays attention.
"I will be raising this matter with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to ensure he understands the depth of feeling in the Glen Innes community. I hope the Health Minister will not ignore the voices of Glen Innes,” said Dawn Walker.