One issue that needs inquiry is why don’t we have stroke care unit on the Far North Coast with access to tissue plasminogen activator (clot dissolving treatment), given the growing population of ageing people?

Many Sydney hospitals have this specialised treatment available but rural hospitals do not.

It can mean that if one can access this treatment, one has a chance to continue living a normal life instead of being non-functional and costing huge $$ supporting the deterioration of one, rather than a chance of a normal life.

Have a listen to ABC Radio National program Health Report by Norman Swan.

It’s outrageous that rural areas are unable to access this treatment which is commonplace in US hospitals and in Sydney.

— Maree Fowler