CANBERRA, Australia — Hospitals in the regional areas of the Australian state of New South Wales are going without antibiotics and blood supplies, community leaders and medical professionals have told in an inquiry.
Under-staffing is so serious that nurses sometimes have to help restrain aggressive emergency patients.
Nurses are even meeting staff from a nearby aged care facility in a local car park to get access to incontinence pads when their own ward runs out.
Medical staffs have shared their stories about grim working conditions with a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry investigating rural and regional health, which is sitting on May 18 in Wellington in the state’s central west.
“Sadly there are times, and the times are too frequent for my liking, where we run out of basic antibiotics to treat basic conditions,” Warrmunbungle Shire Council‘s deputy mayor, doctor Aniello Iannuzzi, told the inquiry.
“Say a mother brings in a child with a throat infection or ear infection. There have been times when we haven’t had any antibiotics.”
Iannuzzi also said the four hospitals in his shire did not have blood supplies, a problem that doctors had raised for many years.
Labor health spokesman Ryan Park said the stories were “all too common” in regional Australia.
“The health inquiry is shining a light on the appalling conditions our vital health staff is experiencing the day in, day out,” he said in a statement. “We must make these workplaces safe. Access to quality healthcare should be a given in the New South Wales.”
More than 700 people have made submissions to the inquiry.
In July 2019, Labor Leader Jodi McKay announced her new administration. Ryan Park was promoted to Opposition Leader of the House and was appointed the new portfolios of Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and retained the Shadow Minister for the Illawarra and South Coast portfolio.
Ryan is a Member of the Public Accounts Committee and also a Member of the Standing Order and Procedure Committee.
The Warrumbungle Shire is a local government area in the central-western region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is traversed by the Newell Highway. The Warrumbungle mountain range and Warrumbungles National Park are major tourist attractions for the Shire.
The Newell Highway is a national highway in New South Wales, Australia. It provides the major road link between southeastern Queensland and Victoria via central New South Wales and as such carries large amounts of freight.
Warrumbungle National Park is a heritage-listed national park located in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The national park is located approximately 550 kilometers (342 miles) northwest of Sydney and contained 23,311 hectares. The park attracts approximately 35,000 visitors per annum.
(Edited by Vaibhav Vishwanath Pawar and Ritaban Misra)
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