An upgraded hospital in Mandurah will do little good without enough doctors. Changes to Mandurah's zoning from regional to metro means foreign doctors cannot complete their required regional placement in Mandurah. Local GP clinics and the Peel Health Campus struggle to compete against the more popular Perth hospitals and clinics. Mandurah should be reclassified as a distribution priority area. There are pen stroke solutions to Mandurah's healthcare crisis. Spending millions on hospital upgrades will not address the doctor shortage or the flow on effects of patients using emergency as a GP clinic. If Mandurah becomes a distribution priority area, we will have more doctors and better staffed GP clinics. If combined with a targeted education program advertising bulk billing clinics, Mandurah's healthcare crisis could be significantly improved.
Jacob Cumberworth, Mandurah
Sorry for your loss
To Kathy (Letters, Mail, 17 December 2020), we are sad to hear of your loss and as so many others would have done when we drove past the tragic scene where your husband was being given first aid, we prayed and cried for him, hoping he would come through and be spared. It was not to be, and our thoughts are still with you, and although we may never meet, knowing that kind people care and are still sending silent heartfelt prayers for you, may give you strength to carry on. God bless you and your family.
Anne and Clive Portas, Halls Head.
Where is the social distancing?
Regarding the flash mob in Mandurah (World first flash mob record, Mail, 17 December 2020); on Gabriola Island, off Vancouver Island in Canada, the Jerusalema dance was performed outdoors around the trees. All seniors and they all had masks on, and all were six feet from each other. What happened to you lot?
Judy Cashel, Canada
Don't kowtow to China's whims
The call for our governments to get 'cosy' with China or we'll all be 'naked by next winter' (Letters, Mail, 17 December 2020) is the exact response the CCP is wanting. To 'get sweet' with China is nothing else but to kowtow to their whims and demands as they work to destroy our sovereignty. Bangladesh, India, are the only other two countries that supply our clothing needs. I purposely look for them now and avoid anything Chinese where I can. We are paying the price of reliance on one customer.
Darren (surname withheld), Falcon
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