Bigger jail, bigger impact Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.
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Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

Better way: Retired nurse Rose King is concerned Cessnock Hospital has become too downgraded to cope with the increase in patients expected with the jail expansion. Picture: Marina Neil.

TweetFacebook“If we more than double the prisoners at the jail, then common sense would tell us that it will more than double the frequency of which inmates go to the hospital, which means we’re going to have more than double the impact on the community,the visitors and the family and friends, that feel quite unnerved by the attendance of that prisoner,” he said.

Di Peers, general manager ofHunter New England Health’slower hunter sector, denied the hospital’s services had been downgraded, andsaid they did not anticipate thejail expansion would have a“significant impact”on hospital services. Less than 2 per cent ofemergency department presentations, and less than 1 per cent of overnight stays, were patients from the jail, she said.

A Corrective Services NSW spokesperson said themajority of health services required by inmates in the new facility would be provided by Justice Health on site, and include registered nurses, mental health programs and drug and alcohol interventions.


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