Health service in debt

COFFS business Mid Coast Printing is owed more than $10,000 by North Coast Area Health Service.

Graham Martindale, the owner of Mid Coast Printing, has said that the area health service owes $10,300 for printing of admission forms, temperature charts and pregnancy care, but he won't stop supplies to the hospital.

“I don't have a problem with the Coffs Hospital itself, it's the area health service,” Mr Martindale said.

Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker has said that Kevin Rudd must take responsibility.

“Kevin Rudd told the Australian people that the buck stops with him on the health system.

“Well Mr Rudd now needs to deliver on that commitment and ensure hospitals pay their bills on time and local services are not placed at risk.”

A North Coast Area Health Services (NCAHS) spokesperson has said that the Mid Coast Printing Company can expect to be paid next week.

“NCAHS like other Area Health Services, and the economy generally, is facing challenging economic times. Given the continually rising demand for public health care services, NCAHS, like its counterparts nationally and internationally, is working within a tight budgetary framework. It is liaising with its valued suppliers to enable the regular payment of accounts,” the spokesperson said.

“NCAHS creditors are not being paid on time due to NCAHS expenditure currently being more than its revenue.”

The spokesperson added that the NCAHS is working to reduce expenditures and that any supplier with a query about invoice processing and accounts should contact 4926 7872 to discuss payment.

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