Funding for health in our region

North Coast Area Health Service’s Chris Crawford said the NCAHS would receive an extra $63million in funding.
North Coast Area Health Service’s Chris Crawford said the NCAHS would receive an extra $63million in funding.

COFFS Harbour will receive $115,000 funding for a new trauma nurse coordinator and money for an MRI machine under budget provisions announced this week.

The North Coast will also receive half the total state allocation for NSW regional cancer centres and Grafton Base Hospital will get a massive $19.7million upgrade.

The chief executive of the North Coast Area Health Service, Chris Crawford, said yesterday the NCAHS would receive an extra $63million in funding, which represented an 8.1 per cent increase.

He said this would be spent on both the current provision of health services and enhanced services.

Asked if there was any area where the budget offered less than expected, he said he was not aware of any at this stage.

“The North Coast Area Health Service is still analysing the budget,” Mr Crawford said.

We put these questions to the chief executive:

Q. Money for trauma service coordination for trauma centres including Coffs Harbour is mentioned. How much will Coffs get?

A. $115,000. This funding will pay for a trauma nurse coordinator.

Q. How much from the $4.6million for NSW regional cancer centres will come to the North Coast Cancer Institute?

A. NCAHS will receive $8.4million of $16.8million Commonwealth funding for NSW regional cancer centres to progress two new Linear Accelerators, MRI (for Coffs Harbour Health Campus) and a PET scanner for Lismore as announced by the Prime Minister during his recent visit to the North Coast.

Q. Lismore seems to be provided for separately with $1.4million to complete the development for its integrated cancer centre. Is this correct?

A. Yes, this is the remainder of the $27million allocation to develop the Lismore Integrated Cancer Care Centre.

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