Dr. Nebras Yahya told the local ABC that negotiations broke down as the health district wanted to reduce his salary and help more telemedicine patients.
Last month, the health district issued a bid allowing face-to-face doctors to be replaced with video conferencing during non-business hours at six more hospitals in New South Wales.
In the bid, doctors should be present at least one day a week for Collarenebri, two days a week for Brewarrina, three days a week for Lightning Ridge and Counumble, and five days a week for Burke and Walgett.
Mr. Hazard expressed his condolences to Mrs. Trevit’s family.
“I have expressed a strong view to NSW Health that doctors must do everything they can to get them to work in this healthcare facility,” he said.
“Telemedicine is a backup for the 21st century in the absence of doctors, but the first step is always to have doctors work in local hospitals.”
Dugard Sanders of the Nationals MP, a local member of Gargon, said he was in talks with the health district and Dr. Yahya.
“If necessary, we will intervene and mediate to find mutually beneficial arrangements,” he said.
The NSW opposition described the report as “shocking.”
“Telemedicine should not replace front-line clinical care, but should be used to enhance existing services,” said opposition health minister Ryan Park.
NSW Health has denied Telehealth will replace doctors where they are.
The allegation was denied by doctors in the country who accused him of being “dangerous and inappropriate” after losing his job at a hospital in the area where the bid was placed.
Workers secured a number of parliamentary investigations into national hospitals. Herald Deaths and a series of near misses were found at Dubbo and Cover Hospitals in the community health districts of western New South Wales.
Whistleblowers claimed that thousands of test results were not tracked at Dubbo Hospital last year, killing a baby girl.
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Carrie Ferner is an investigative journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.
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