LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Kidney collapse five years ago put me on a dialysis machine three days a week for six hours each time, so your article regarding the problem of a vacancy at the renal dialysis unit at Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale highlights the problem that I know about and is common to many hospitals that have a dialysis unit.
While chairs are in situ, there are too few trained staff to provide the service needed.
When such matters as the need for staff in Traralgon and Bairnsdale are combined with annual leave, long service leave and maternity leave, our manager is between a rock and a hard place.
The time has come, surely, when the situation must be addressed.
To be trained for the dialysis unit costs the individual quite a sum of money and, once trained, the nurse does not get any extra pay.
I would like to ask our very generous service clubs to consider setting up a trust fund so that there is a local source of financial assistance available to nurses who wish to train for dialysis work.