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Kerry Bartlett MP The Federal Member for Macquarie

4/186 Macquarie Road, PO Box 376 Springwood NSW 2777 Ph: 4751 7494 Fax: 4751 7495 www.kerrybartlett.com kerry.bartlett.mp@aph.gov.au

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Doctor Auction in Mountains

Federal Member for Macquarie, Kerry Bartlett, has slammed the State Labor Government’s management of NSW Health after reports that local hospitals, including the Blue Mountains Hospital at Katoomba, have been forced to bid against one another for casual doctors.

“This situation is outrageous,” said Mr Bartlett. “Reports indicate that seventy shifts at Blue Mountains Hospital in one month alone could not be filled. Sixteen of these are in Emergency,” said Mr Bartlett.

“Just a few months after the State Labor Government was threatening to close the operating theatre at Springwood Hospital, we discover that the Blue Mountains Hospital has been left desperately short of doctors, including in the emergency department,” said Mr Bartlett.

“The Head of Emergency Department at Nepean Hospital has been reported as saying that it’s under pressure due to being staffed by junior locums,” said Mr Bartlett.

“Despite massive funding from the Commonwealth, State Labor has been presiding over the sort of broken-down hospital system that shouldn’t exist in Australia,” said Mr Bartlett. “Instead of funding front line services, it has built a massive bureaucratic empire that has lost touch with the needs of local communities.”

“We have all heard the appalling stories recently from the Royal North Shore Hospital, where Labor has told people in that area that they are rich enough to go to a private hospital. This is complete arrogance and contempt from Labor,” said Mr Bartlett.

“If a Kevin Rudd Labor Government is elected federally, we will see the same sort of incompetence and arrogance,” said Mr Bartlett. “After all, as chief of

staff to the Queensland Premier, Mr Rudd closed 6 operating theatres and 2,200 hospital beds in that State. Australia can’t afford a Rudd Labor Government, that would do that to our Health system.” -- ENDS -----

Enquiries: 4751 7494 3 October 2007