Stop the Suspension and or closure of Murwillumbah District Labour and Birthing Suite
- Rachel Bryant
- Closed on
- Chris Crawford CEO Northern NSW Local District Health
It is now nearly a year on since I started this petition. I would like to thank everyone who signed.
As a result of the community coming together and our Local Health District engaging with Consumer Representatives we were able to get the Birth Unit re-opened in Oct 2015.
In addition we have also written a 10 year Maternity and Newborn Services plan to ensure the ongoing development and improvement of not only Murwillumbah Hospital but Byron Central and Tweed Heads Hospitals.
An excellent result. Thank you for all your support.
Small rural maternity units can provide safe birthing services; mothers and babies are placed at risk when these services are not available locally.
Closing rural maternity services doesn’t make economic sense for families, the health care system or regional development. It also reduces the opportunities for midwives and procedural doctors to train and up skill in small townships and remote areas. This exacerbates the workforce shortages that often lead to these closures in the first place. Modest re-investment can reverse this downward spiral.
In a township such as Murwillumbah where we are seeing ongoing development and an increase in population it would be a great loss to see the closure of the Maternity and Birthing unit at the Murwillumbah District Hospital.
We the undersigned hereby would like to show our support that we are against the suspension and or closure of the Murwillumbah Birthing and Labour suite.
We believe that it is a necessary, valuable and worthy asset to our township and community.
The Stop the Suspension and or closure of Murwillumbah District Labour and Birthing Suite petition to Chris Crawford CEO Northern NSW Local District Health was written by Rachel Bryant and is in the category Health at GoPetition.