Figures produced by Doctors for the Environment Australia at a recent Planning Assessment Commission hearing into a coal mine expansion in the Hunter have attracted intense community and media attention, including an editorial in the Newcastle Herald which posed the question: How much data is needed to get action?
Singleton Hospital’s emergency admissions jumped a dramatic 28.6 per cent between 2016 and 2017 at a time when air quality data showed emissions were high.
The admissions data do not provide details about the underlying cause of this spike, but they do stand out against other Hunter hospitals and the state average. As the Herald’s editorial says, it is cause for concern.
Read the editorial published in the Newcastle Herald on 21 February 2018 HERE.