23Mar

Coalition chemotherapy pledge welcome

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, welcomes the Coalition’s decision to remove the co-payment from chemotherapy drugs for public cancer patients. “I am happy that the Coalition has matched Labor’s pledge on removing the co-payment for chemotherapy prescriptions for public cancer patients. “I’m even happier they have gone one step further and broadened out the […]
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17Mar

AMA (NSW): Coalition pledge on health good news for stressed system

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says the Coalition pledging money for extra hospital staff is good news for a stressed health system. “Resources in NSW hospitals are under strain and the additional funding for more staff that the Coalition has pledged is very welcome news. “More people are needed on the frontlines – doctors, […]
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17Mar

AMA (NSW): More rural-based medical trainees good for rural and regional communities

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says the new rural-based medical training positions announced by the Coalition are welcome news. “Patients in rural and regional areas have suffered for too long with less access to medical services. “As a result, rural and regional patients often face higher barriers to getting the care they need – […]
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16Mar

AMA (NSW) welcomes Coalition pledge on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder clinic

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AMA (NSW) joins FARE in welcoming the Coalition’s commitment to establishing a permanent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) clinic. “It is great news that Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, has pledged funding to make the current pilot FASD clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead a permanent fixture,” Dr Saxon Smith said. “Along with the Foundation […]
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13Mar

AMA (NSW) welcomes major party pledges for Central Coast

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AMA (NSW) is welcoming both major parties commitments to building health infrastructure on the Central Coast. “The Central Coast is an area where health spending had been neglected for a long time under the previous State Government. “I’m very happy to see both the Coalition and Labor making big infrastructure spending pledges for Central Coast […]
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06Mar

Map My Health Career welcome help for doctors-in-training

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AMA (NSW) welcomes the State Government’s new Map My Health Career website to help junior doctors decide on a training path. “For junior doctors, it’s not just the work they do that’s complicated. “In many cases it’s compounded by the fact the system is so diverse. “Anything that can be done to help doctors-in-training map […]
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02Mar

AMA (NSW): Labor’s public hospital chemotherapy pledge welcome

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AMA (NSW) welcomes Labor’s pledge to ensure that chemotherapy is free for cancer patients in NSW public hospitals. “I’m very happy that Labor has promised to ensure patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer in public hospitals will not pay for chemotherapy. “The current system means public cancer patients are required to make a co-payment […]
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28Feb

AMA (NSW) welcomes Coalition’s Westmead upgrade pledge

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, welcomes the Coalition’s election pledge of nearly $1 billion for Westmead Hospital. “I am delighted that the State Government has been listening to what the AMA has had to say on the need to update Westmead Hospital. “We’ve been saying it’s a billion dollar project and the Government’s promise […]
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24Feb

State hospitals are drowning in demand

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says skyrocketing demand for public hospital services from sicker patients is the biggest problem facing healthcare in the state. “Demand for public hospital services is growing faster than ever before but hospital capacity and bed numbers as a proportion of population are not improving. “In fact, it has been […]
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