Firstly let me say that all staff of the Bega hospital emergency unit deserve an Order of Australia medal. None more so than the sole doctor on duty during my three visits on Friday and Saturday nights in the last three months with my grandchildren.
My first visit was from 8pm to 1.30am. I walked out at that time. Second visit from 9pm to 1am. Third and most stressful visit was 8.48pm to 4.30am in the morning.
None of this is the staff’s fault – it is the politicians’ fault. They would prefer to spend a billion dollars on football stadiums than staff hospitals to the levels they must be to ensure the health and wellbeing of their communities.
To be quite truthful if there was a viable third option I wouldn’t vote for either of the major parties.
The current NSW Liberal party is a joke. The only thing they are Liberal with is our money and all the perks they continue to endow themselves with. They don’t care about people, just getting another term of office so they can keep their noses in the trough.
Have you ever met one of these people in an emergency area in a public hospital? Not likely.
State and federal elections are coming up so think very carefully who gets your vote because normal people are suffering because of very low staffing of hospitals.
In closing I would like to say the poor doctor in Bega emergency is there because he cares, certainly not for the money because he could get a lot more in private practice. If all the other overworked underpaid doctors in rural hospitals across Australia walk out tomorrow we will have a huge health crisis that will affect us all.
To all these doctors thank you so much, you make the world a much better place.
Frank Pearce, Bega
State of the climate
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the CSIRO recently release its 2018 climate report. Here are some of the key points. To see the full report Google “2018 state of the climate”.
- Australia’s climate has warmed by just over 1°C since 1910, leading to an increase in the frequency of extreme heat events.
- April to October rainfall has decreased in the southwest of Australia. Across the same region May–July rainfall has seen the largest decrease, by around 20 per cent since 1970.
- There has been a decline of around 11 per cent in April–October rainfall in the southeast of Australia since the late 1990s.
- There has been a long-term increase in extreme fire weather, and in the length of the fire season, across large parts of Australia.
- Global sea level has risen by over 20 cm since 1880, and the rate has been accelerating in recent decades.
The BOM and CSIRO report that it is mainly the burning of coal, oil and natural gas that have driven the carbon dioxide equivalent of all greenhouse gases to reach 500 ppm (parts per million) for the first time in at least 800,000 years (as determined by measurements of air extracted from Antarctic ice).
The IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) issued a report in October which included a warning that if the world does nothing more than what has so far been promised, global warming of 3°C by 2100 is likely. So, if the world does nothing more than what has so far been promised, children born this year will, by the age of 81, have had to deal with the consequences of the planet warming by around three times the increase so far!
Those who dispute the findings of the BOM, CSIRO and IPCC are of course free to tell them so and point out where they are wrong. For those of us who accept the findings, one of the best things to do is to contact our local member and demand the government take a local and global leadership role to do what it can to avert potential global catastrophe.