IT IS no secret there are many concerns and issues when it comes to the rural health system, especially here in Leeton shire.
The Irrigator is continuing in our campaign for the hospital here to be given a better deal.
That means having a permanent doctor on site, but many other services also need looking at.
We're a shire of many people from all kinds of different backgrounds.
What we all have in common is the need for health care - we may not know when we will need it or when an emergency will occur - but we do need to have faith that the system will be there to help us.
In short, the system is failing.
It's failing not just the community of Leeton, but also those on the frontline day in and day out at the hospital, at our medical clinics, our paramedics and in community health.
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More staff are needed across the board to alleviate the pressure on the system and those working in healthcare.
Imagine finding out you're expecting a new baby, but then the anxiety of where you will have this bub creeps in.
Surely all mothers should have the option to give birth at Leeton District Hospital whether they are low risk or not?
That is why it is so important we have a doctor available at the hospital at all times.
Not just for our mothers and their babies, but for every member of this community.
You might think this issue doesn't affect you, but let me tell you, one day it will - whether it's yourself needing treatment, a family member or friend.
That is why we all need to pull together as a community and call for a better deal for our hospital and the staff currently working here in Leeton.
If you'd like to share your story with The Irrigator, please call Talia on 0475 803 356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let's work together for a better outcome.
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