‘A little bit of extra money’ to be spent on eye care in the Northern Territory
A little bit more money might be better spent on the care of children and older adults in the Territory’s Northern Territory, the head of the Northern Health Authority says.
The NT Health Authority has raised $1.2 million from private donors in the first round of its Northern Territory Childrens Hospital ophthalmological program, which it hopes will increase the number of eye surgeries in the NT.
Chief Executive Tim McQuarrie said the hospital was well placed to help those patients who need eye care and the NT Health Trust was investing in its operations.
“We’ve got a good set of facilities, we’ve got the right staff and the right support systems in place,” Mr McQuarrrie said.
NT Health Authority Chief Executive Tim Macquarrie says the NT’s Childrens hospital will need more hospital beds.
He said more money was needed to pay for the hospital’s existing infrastructure, including the new operating theatres.
We need to build more hospital capacity and increase the capacity of the children’s ward, Mr Mcquarries said.
“We need people to come here and work, because that’s the way the NT is growing, but we need more beds and more staff to come to the hospital.”
NT Health Chief Executive Todd White said the NT had seen a “significant improvement” in its health care system over the past few years.
But he said he hoped that the hospital would have the capacity to handle more patients.
Mr White said there was still a lot of work to be done before the NT was ready to be a fully developed health system, but the NT Healthcare Association was encouraging the NT Government to increase funding to improve the NT health system.
Health Minister John Elferink said the funding would help cover the cost of operating costs, but it would not be enough to replace the NT Hospital’s existing hospital beds and would only make up for the shortfall.
A total of 3,700 NT residents are admitted to NT hospitals every year.
Dr White said more beds would be better than nothing, but he also acknowledged that the NT healthcare system was not yet ready for full-blown public health and would need to be upgraded.
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