Oct 29 2014

Staff to patient ratios still an issue

The Goulburn branch of the Nurses and Midwives Association has issued a mixed assessment about local staffing numbers and the future of Goulburn Base Hospital.

Last Friday's Stateline program reported an increase in nursing numbers across NSW under the new State Government.

Goulburn Base Hospital is currently trying to recruit another two nurses at the moment.

Before this they received another three that were employed following recommendations made in the Darling Report. 

However Secretary Jane Cotter says despite this, nurses to patient ratios are still behind those in city areas.

Although there are no guarantees, planning is currently underway for a new hospital in Goulburn and the option of a public private partnership could be a possibility.

The Association has raised concerns about this, particularly about mistakes made at Port Macquarie.

However Ms. Cotter does admit that it would be better than nothing.

Oct 29 2014

Man on drugs charges on the run

A man allegedly connected with last week's drug arrests in Goulburn is on the run.

37 year old Paul King who's wanted for 16 alleged drug-supply offences was last seen last Tuesday at Carlingford - he's also been seen in Tempe and Goulburn.

King is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 188cm tall, with a medium build, brown eyes and a bald head.

Blake Clifton from Police Headquarters is asking anyone with information to come forward.

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