No fix for hospital roof

CORAKI residents can still access health care as they wait for their hospital to be repaired, Richmond/Clarence Health Service Group executive director Vahid Saberi said.

However, there is one catch - they have to travel to Box Ridge, Evans Head, Lismore, Casino or Ballina.

Mr Saberi was responding to growing anger over delays in fixing the 14-bed hospital's roof, damaged in a storm in September.

"The Coraki Community is continuing to receive health service from the Northern NSW Local Health District," he said in a statement.

"These services are provided ... from Box Ridge Community Centre, the Evans Head Community Health Centre and the Lismore Base, Casino and Ballina hospitals."

Earlier in the day, Richmond Valley Mayor Col Sullivan said the estimated $2 million cost of fixing the roof was "ridiculous", adding a new hospital could be built for that price tag.

"I see it as just a delaying tactic, another step towards closing the hospital permanently," Cr Sullivan told ABC Radio.

On Thursday, the Local Health District board deferred a decision on the hospital's reopening until a "clinical services plan" was developed.



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