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Brad Hazzard launches review into Sydney hospitals amid mass exodus

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has requested a complete review after 20 obstetricians threatened to resign from Blacktown Hospital.

The threat of a mass exodus of specialists comes after the deaths of four newborns in an 18-month period.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told Deborah Knight the state’s chief obstetrician is conducting the review.

“I’ve asked them to look at a broader area, not just western, but north-western and south-western Sydney.

“Because all the hospital are linked … Health needs to understand what the issues are.”

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Speaking with Jim Wilson, Director of Medical Services at Blacktown Hospital, Brett Gardiner said the doctors threatening resignation will continue working onsite until the end of January 2021.

Mr Gardiner said the staffing concerns are linked to “a significant increase in the number of births”.

“We’ve gone from 3000 to over 4000 births in a short space of time.

“Not only that; we do have an increase in the complexity of the patient.”

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Deborah Knight
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