Misinformation about Manning Hospital needs clarifying

​Hunter New England Health Chief Executive Michael DiRienzo and Chair of the Manning Hospital Medical Staff Council Dr Murray Hyde Page have clarified incorrect information about Manning Hospital that is currently circulating in the media and community.

Mr DiRienzo said it is important the community knows the facts, and any claims of budget, service or staff cuts at the hospital are absolutely incorrect.

“Manning Hospital has not had any cuts to its operating budget. In fact, over the past four years, the budget has increased significantly,” Mr DiRienzo said.

“Spending does fluctuate in hospitals, particularly in times when there is increased demand. Manning Hospital has exceeded its budget allocation and as part of our normal business practices, we are looking at ways to address this,” he said.

“I want to make it clear to the community that cutting staff or services is not part of our strategy to reduce spending. We are asking our staff to identify better ways of doing things and opportunities to reduce waste in a way that will not impact on the services the hospital delivers.

“The community can rest assured the hospital will continue to offer the same level of services.”

Dr Murray Hyde Page has welcomed the opportunity to clarify that there has not been any staff or service cuts at the hospital.

“Contrary to the claims in the media, no permanent medical positions of any specialty have been cut,” Dr Hyde Page said.

“Manning Hospital provides services to the community 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Staffing levels are rostered according to patient need and this will continue,” he said.

“Senior doctors are on-call for all services including surgery, medicine, orthopaedics, paediatrics and maternity. In addition to this, supervision levels of junior medical officers at Manning Hospital are appropriate and meet levels recommended by the Health Education and Training Institute.”

Recent media reports have also suggested that the orthopaedic fracture clinic would be closing.

“The orthopaedic fracture clinic is not closing and the hospital is currently in the process of recruiting a new orthopaedic specialist, who along with the other specialists, will supervise the clinic,” Dr Hyde Page said. 
“Our community can be confident that our hospital will continue to offer the same level of services that they expect,” he said.

“As the Chair of the Medical Staff Council, I am looking forward to a positive and collaborative partnership with the new hospital management.”

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