The Northern Territory news Wed 25 May 2016
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WEDNESDAY MAY 25 2016 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Extra cops for communities EXTRA police officers on Groote Eylandt and Wadeye and a $2 million spend on body-worn cameras are some of the sweeteners included in the Territory Budget in a $768 million allocation to community safety measures. Northern Territory Police Association president Paul McCue welcomed the increase in officer numbers in Wadeye and Groote Eylandt but said they were still waiting on the 120 new officers pledged by the CLP in the lead up to the 2012 election. POLICE Top boffin to chase innovation dollars THE Northern Territory will become the final jurisdiction in Australia to appoint a Chief Scientist. It is expected the new role will help the Territory compete for federal innovation dollars. Chief Minister Adam Giles said that the Chief Scientist would help to provide independent advice to the government on matters relating to all aspects of science and innovation. The appointment of a Chief Scientist will cost $1 million per year under the Knowledge Territory program, which also includes cadetships, tertiary scholarships, and more study vouchers for first-year apprentices and trainees. SCIENCE Tradies key to boost economy TERRITORY BUDGET 2016 Construction worker Ben Bolton, 27, from Howard Springs Picture: HELEN ORR Major win for RDH services THE establishment of cardiothoracic and neurosurgical services at Royal Darwin Hospital will mean Territorians finally have the hospital they need, says the NTs top cardiologist. Dr Marcus Ilton was one of the driving forces behind the proposal to bring cardiothoracic surgery services to Darwin. He said the dual wins were a great moment for the hospital and a great day for the Territory. This announcement means (RDH will be) the proper, high-class tertiary hospital it should be, he said. The NT Government has allocated $8.3 million towards establishing the services at RDH. Its a dramatic turnaround in policy since Health Minister John Elferink told the NT News in March that cardiothoracic surgery was far out of RDHs scope and there was no evidence establishing a unit here would save money. Mr Elferink didnt elaborate on what led to his change of heart other than to say hed been shown evidence showing the system would be viable. About $6.6 million a year is currently spent by the NT Government to send patients to interstate hospitals for cardiothoracic and neurosurgical procedures. Dr Ilton said it had been a long journey to secure the funding. A proposal was first submitted to the Government in 2008. Its expected the services will begin in a year. The budget also includes a $186 million allocation over five years to establish an electronic health record system. The online database will allow health workers to access patient records anywhere in the NT. A total of $1.52 billion was allocated in the Budget for health services across the NT. HEALTH Term Investment
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