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Tuesday, 16 September 1958
Page: 1231

Mr FALKINDER (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) - Is the Minister for Health aware that last week the Commonwealth Director of Health and the Deputy Director of Lighthouses and Navigation in Tasmania were called upon to make a most hazardous excursion to pick up a badly injured member of the lighthouse staff on Tasman Island which involved a very considerable risk to themselves and the patient in the circumstances of terrain and weather? Will the Minister, as a matter of urgency, consider empowering a Commonwealth doctor to charter immediately any available helicopter in similar dangerous circumstances where such an action is obviously warranted? I would stress that similar incidents have previously occurred and that it is only by good fortune that fatalities have not resulted.

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