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SNSWLHD issues statement on resigning obstetricians

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Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has issued a statement relating to to the two obstetricians on the south coast who have resigned recently.  

For almost 20 years, Dr Michael Holland has provided obstetric and gynecological services to women and their families between Milton-Ulladulla and Eden. Dr Holland said his resignation will be effective from mid-February next year.

"It's not a decision that I take lightly and I know the implications but a time comes when you're dealing with a toxic and malignant relationship which is creating a dysfunctional service here now and in the future, that I can't do it in that role anymore," Dr Holland said.  

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For years, the Moruya surgeon has lobbied the government to upgrade critical care hospital services in the Eurobodalla Shire and is still fighting for a Level 4 regional hospital.

See below the statement from SNSWLHD:

Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) thanks Dr Lisa Hyde, GP Obstetrician, and Dr Michael Holland, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, for their service to Moruya Hospital following their resignations, effective from February 2022.

SNSWLHD is grateful to both doctors for their service to Eurobodalla families and appreciates their long notice period and support for a smooth transition as new staff are appointed.

The resignations will not result in any disruption to service delivery.

Specialist Obstetrician Dr Andrew Woods commenced as District Medical Lead for Obstetrics on 22 November 2021, to provide District leadership and support governance.

A District Manager of Midwifery Services is under recruitment to support ongoing improvement.

Dr Hyde and Dr Holland tendered their resignations following a feedback session on the findings of the Resilience Assessment of Eurobodalla Maternity Services undertaken by The Chief Obstetrician, Dr Michael Nicholl and the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC).

The report was not targeted at specific individuals but was completed in line with the role of the CEC, which provides health services throughout NSW with a range of expert advice to support and strengthen clinical services.

SNSWLHD remains committed to the safety and care of women and their families.

It is critical that we build our workforce and models of care in readiness for the higher-level services that will be provided at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital.

The Assessment report was presented to SNSWLHD last week and maternity service staff received a copy of the recommendations.

SNSWLHD has taken immediate action to address the Assessment report’s recommendations. The multi-disciplinary assessment team examined the safety and quality of the Eurobodalla Maternity Service, and its relationship with other maternity services.

It considered a range of factors including service capability, safety systems, clinical governance, leadership, culture and models of care.

We are grateful for this independent, expert advice and support to ensure that Eurobodalla babies and their families receive high quality and safe care.

Image Credit: Dr Michael Holland