Reports that four GPs have left Singleton Hospital due to burnout are an alarming indicator of the state of local health services, Labor’s Upper Hunter candidate Jeff Drayton said today.
“We can’t afford to lose any doctors at Singleton Hospital due to burnout and work overload,” said Mr Drayton.
“It’s a sign of a system in crisis. It is simply not fair to expect doctors to shoulder the burden of long-term under-investment in our hospitals through intolerable working conditions.
“And it is a disgrace that locals miss out on the healthcare they need when doctors aren’t available. People are forced to endure unacceptable waiting times, travel long distances or go without the medical treatment and care they need.
“I’ve heard plenty of stories about people not having access to the care they need.
“Investment in our health services has not kept up with the needs of the local population and we haven’t had representatives in our corner fighting for us.
Upper Hunter is falling behind in essential services - I will fight for our fair share.