Crisis meeting raises hopes

HOPES that Shoalhaven Hospital’s surgical services may be saved have been raised following Tuesday evening’s meeting between politicians and health officials.Health Minister Jillian Skinner, South Coast MP Shelley Hancock, Kiama MP Gareth Ward and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District chairman Dennis King met in Sydney on Tuesday in an 11th-hour bid to stop Shoalhaven Hospital’s surgical services collapsing at the end of June.The crisis has stemmed from the failure to finalise contracts with the two resident surgeons.The situation, particularly concerns raised by Professor Martin Jones as head of surgery at the hospital, was discussed during Tuesday afternoon’s meeting which Mrs Hancock described as “extremely productive”.“The issues raised by Dr Jones were discussed and I expressed my extreme concern regarding these matters directly to the minister,” Mrs Hancock said.“I am confident that as a result of the meeting, the concerns raised by Dr Jones will be resolved by the end of the month.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.