Campbell Hospital, Coraki
CAMPBELL HOSPITAL, CORAKI
Mr STEVE CANSDELL: My question without notice is to the Minister for Health. Will the Minister immediately rule out closure of the 14 in-patient beds at Coraki's Campbell Hospital, given that it serves mainly pensioners who have no transport, and that its closure will result in the withdrawal of essential medical services to the North Coast?
Mr MORRIS IEMMA: I can advise the House that a 12-week consultation process is currently under way in respect of changing the mix of services provided at Coraki. The proposed changes to services in this region include the replacement of the acute beds at Campbell Hospital with a $2.3 million investment to provide a broader and more appropriate range of health services. A mid Richmond health services advisory committee is being established to consider the proposed changes to Campbell Hospital and provide advice to the North Coast Area Health Service. The committee will be chaired by Mr Crawford, the chief executive, and will consist of 22 members, 11 of whom will be community representatives from the Richmond Valley.
Under the proposal that is being considered, an additional 3.5 full-time community and allied health employees would be appointed to the new integrated health clinic at Coraki and a new Aboriginal health post would be established at Box Ridge, with a full-time Aboriginal health worker. The proposal also includes an additional six acute beds at Casino Hospital for seven months of the year and an investment of $50,000 in non-emergency health-related transport to ensure access to higher-level care for residents of the Coraki district. Under the proposal Lismore Base Hospital emergency department would receive an additional $200,000 for nursing and medical staffing and $600,000 would be invested in additional surgery, including joint replacement, at that hospital. The community committee will report back to the chief executive of the North Coast Area Health Service.