Concerns over bed closures at Bathurst Base Hopsital

Concerns over bed closures at Bathurst Base Hopsital

A plan to close five surgical beds at Bathurst Base Hospital has the Bathurst Medical Staff Council fearing the impact the decision will have on patients and the community.

 Head of the Medical Staff Council, Dr Ray Parkin, who is also a local cardiologist and physician, says the plan will compromise patient safety through longer waiting times and delay’s in surgery.

 Staff were notified by email that from the 3rd June, the size of the surgical ward would be reduced to 15 staffed beds – a decision which also means five members of the nursing staff will lose their jobs.

Dr Parkin says the decision was dropped on staff with no previous consultation.

He  believes it was a decision passed down by area management, who he says are failing to find the right balance in funding between Bathurst and Orange.

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