Comment online on hospital reforms

AN online forum will enable the NSW public to comment on the Rudd Government’s hospitals reforms and the State’s response to the plan, Premier Kristina Keneally says.

Ms Keneally says that prior to April’s Council of Australian Governments meeting, NSW would seek the opinion of the public, health professionals and experts.

NSW Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt will complete a discussion paper on the reform proposals over the next few weeks, and the public will then be asked for their views on the changes.

An online forum will be set up in the next fortnight, and the government will also hold a half-day working seminar, with up to 50 health professionals and experts invited.

“This is a key part of our preparations for formal meetings with the Commonwealth,” Ms Keneally said.

“It will ensure the position we take to COAG next month is one that best reflects the needs of NSW families.

“It is essential we hear from our doctors, nurses, carers, academics and the community.

“Their views will be critical to our discussions with the Commonwealth at next month’s COAG meeting.”

Earlier on Monday, Ms Keneally said the Federal Government’s hospital reforms would create more bureaucracy and additional costs.



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