Call to release documents around planned new Byron hospital

THE NEW Byron Central Hospital is involved in controversy before it is even built with the NSW Labor Opposition yesterday moving a motion in Parliament to force the Liberal-National Government to release all documents on privatisation plans for the hospital.

The call for papers - known as a Standing Order 52 - was moved by NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord in the NSW Legislative Council.

The move follows a suggestion by Ballina MP Don Page that the private sector provide surgical services at the hospital.

It also follows a vote by Byron Shire Council to refuse to provide support for the government's plans for the hospital unless surgical services were provided.

"The inclusion of surgical services within the new hospital has always been considered essential by the Byron Shire Community Consultative Committee," Byron Shire Councillor and NSW Labor candidate, Paul Spooner said.

"Without the inclusion of such services the current proposal cannot be supported."



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