Singleton Hospital emergency admissions jump as air quality falls in the Upper Hunter


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Shocking data recently highlighted by DEA show Singleton Hospital admissions in NSW’s Upper Hunter spiked by 28.6 per cent during periods which coincided with poor air quality in the area.

DEA spokesperson Dr John Van Der Kallen told the NSW Planning Assessment Commission that hospital admissions jumped  between July-September, 2016 and July-September, 2017.

During the same period the state average emergency admissions rose by 10 per cent, compared with an 8.5 per cent decrease at Maitland and no change at John Hunter Hospital.

Inadequate compliance is exposing Upper Hunter communities to harmful levels of pollutants, which are major contributors of respiratory ailments.

The 181 air quality alerts in the Upper Hunter show the following are well overdue:

  • stop work limits on coal mining when air quality is worsened beyond exceedance limits; 
  • a baseline and ongoing real time air quality monitoring, 
  • a proper scientific study to explore the links between community health and air pollution from coal mining activities in the area.

Read the news story in the Newcastle Herald HERE:
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/5239727/choking-on-data-singleton-hospital-emergency-admissions-jump-as-air-quality-falls/


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