Nationals defend hospital future
RICHMOND Nationals candidate Tania Murdock wants Federal Aging Minister Justine Elliot to guarantee the future of Murwillumbah District Hospital.
Speaking outside The Tweed Hospital with North Coast Nationals Senator Fiona Nash yesterday, Mrs Murdock said the Tweed could not handle the pressure of just one hospital if the smaller Murwillumbah Hospital was to close as a result of the Federal Government’s hospital reform package.
Mrs Murdock said the Nationals would not support the reform if it led to the closure of smaller regional hospitals.
“There are a lot of elderly people in the shire who wouldn’t be able to make it to Tweed Hospital if it was the only one open, because of the area’s lack of public transport,” Mrs Murdock said.
“The Tweed Hospital is already running over capacity. I would like Justine Elliot to guarantee the Murwillumbah Hospital is safe.”
Mrs Murdock said a Coalition government would seek to re-establish the old hospital boards.
Mrs Elliot said the Tweed would be better off under the reform.
“This is just scaremongering from the National and Liberal parties and it’s irresponsible,” MrsElliot said.
“They should be putting their support behind us on this.”