Letter to the editor: Goulburn Base punches above its weight

Goulburn Base punches above its weight

Let’s get the record straight regarding waiting times at Goulburn Base Hospital. These details are available on Google.

I refer to the 2016 information which notes that where Category 1 surgery (recommended to be done within 30 days), 100 per cent was achieved compared to 99 per cent for like hospital in the state. Likewise where Category 2 surgery (recommended to be done within 90 days), 99 per cent was achieved compared to 92 per cent for like hospitals in the state. And with Category 3 surgery (recommended to be done within 365 days) GBH achieved a 98 per cent performance compared to 96 per cent for like hospitals in the state.

The other surgeries are non-life threatening procedures, which are elective. It’s like getting a dent fixed in your car. Not vital but you want it done sometime.

So the ALP trot out their health spokesman, Canadian Walter Secord (GP, October 6), who we have never heard of previously, who tells us that our hospital is not up to scratch.  Well, that’s an insult to our fantastic nurses and medical and surgical teams in our GBH, who obviously punch above their weight when it comes to performance and delivering for Goulburn and surrounds.

And the State Liberal Party, thanks to local MP Pru Goward has committed to upgrading the GBH, which is well overdue including times when the ALP was in government. And that’s now underway.

So I say to Mr Secord, go back to the big smoke and make some meaningful contribution to the state and don’t waste the taxpayer’s time and our money on little junkets to stir up some dust.

Grant Pearce, president, Goulburn Liberals