18 March 2015
The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW
Regional Committee Dr Mary Langcake welcomes the Liberal
Government's commitment to an enhanced NSW medical workforce if
re-elected on 28 March.
"The Government is to be commended for recognising that health
infrastructure investment is only part of the solution in providing
high quality medical and surgical services in NSW," Dr Mary
"Investment in people is the key to sustaining excellence. An
increase of nearly 4,000 frontline health staff will allow
expansion of clinical services while reducing the burden on current
staff who have been coping with heavy workloads in both the
inpatient and outpatient settings.
"We are particularly pleased to see the focus on enhancing
staffing in rural areas, with the provision of 60 new Medical
Specialist training positions with an emphasis on rural and
regional services, and Metropolitan Access Scholarships for
rural-based medical trainees supporting training at metropolitan
"Individuals living in NSW have the right to expect equity in
access to clinical services no matter where they live in the state.
This commitment to augmenting the rural clinical workforce is a
positive step in achieving that goal."
The College of Surgeons has a strong focus on addressing the
persisting gap in medical outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
"The College applauds any initiative that seeks to reverse this
imbalance," Dr Langcake said.
"The traineeships announced for Aboriginal Dental Assistants in
the rural public sector, and as part of the Aboriginal Medical
Services program, will help improve general health and well-being
in Indigenous Australians.
"Surgeons look forward to working with the next NSW Government
to maintain and sustain high quality surgical and medical care for
all of NSW.
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