Health Minister’s hands-off approach is dysfunctional

ONE of the basics of life in the Shoalhaven, and indeed throughout Australia, is the belief that help will be on hand in an emergency.Yet in the Shoalhaven, people in need of emergency medical assistance may soon be struggling to be attended to, with potentially deadly consequences.The way contract negotiations to secure a continuation of surgical services at Shoalhaven Hospital appears to have been bungled again calls into question why the care of patients seems to hold such a low priority within medical services.Time and time again patient safety and care seems to have played second fiddle to budgetary restrictions, balancing books and occasionally even petty politics.This is a situation the Health Minister Jillian Skinner should be addressing.Certainly while she was in opposition Mrs Skinner was vocal in calling for government intervention in similar circumstances, yet now she is in a position to really bring about change rather than just talk about problems, she seems more intent on taking a hands-off approach.We deserve better from our elected representatives and from a government that for years trumpeted the need for change and better health care services placing the priority on patient care.We also deserve better from a health service that is leaving surgeons, the people holding lives in their hands, overworked and exhausted.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.