Surgeons welcome expansion of NSW clinical services

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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 Langcake said.

"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 hospitals.

"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 Islander peoples.

"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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