SHUT DOWN: Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis believes the money saved by closing Campbell Hospital at Coraki could have financed a HealthOne clinic.
SHUT DOWN: Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis believes the money saved by closing Campbell Hospital at Coraki could have financed a HealthOne clinic. Doug Eaton

MP angered after Budget bypasses Coraki concern

WHILE Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis celebrated the Budget announcement of $220 million for upgrades to the Pacific Hwy, he is frustrated by the lack of money for health in Coraki.

"I am very frustrated and angry about (there being no money in the budget for a clinic in Coraki)," he said from Parliament in Sydney.

"The (Campbell) Hospital has been closed since I have been elected, so that is nearly four years."

Mr Gulaptis said the costs saved by closing Campbell Hospital could have financed a HealthOne clinic for the small town.

"My understanding is the Health District Board has Coraki as a priority five on their list," he said.

With no hospital and no health clinic in the town, Mr Gulaptis is concerned Coraki residents will be even more disadvantaged.

"They need access to health care as it's an isolated community with no pub-lic transport," he said.

"It will stay high on my wish list."

Bora Ridge resident Roger Wood said the feeling in the area was one of anger and disillusionment at Coraki being overlooked for health services.

"People are dying because now with all the work happening on the (Glebe) bridge it takes an extra 15 minutes to get to Lismore," he said. "There are 6000 people who live closer to Coraki by at least 5km than any other hospital."



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