Private plan for Coraki

CORAKI'S Save Campbell Hospital committee is forging ahead with plans to establish a privately run and funded hospital in the town.

The comments came as the Northern NSW Local Health District released a proposal that would reduce Campbell Hospital to a base for GPs and allied health services.

Save Campbell Hospital committee chair Gerard Criss said negotiations had begun to fund a private hospital if the public health service turned its back on the town.

"Given that we recognise area health is probably not going to reopen Coraki Hospital we have got a few plans," he said.

"The people of Coraki are going to have a hospital one way or the other and if the state isn't interested in being involved that is fine."

Mr Criss said the committee had been talking to a number of different stakeholders about establishing a privately run hospital at Coraki.

"We have been in preliminary talks with a number of different stakeholders to look at how we can run a hospital, it being either privately funded or federally funded."

The comments came as health district chief executive Chris Crawford announced a consultant planner had recommended a Health One Centre would meet the needs of Coraki and surrounding communities.

Health One Centres include a range of medical and other services, such as GPs, pharmacists, allied health services, and other government services.

The proposal would mean the Campbell Hospital building would reopen, but not as a fully equipped and functioning hospital.

"The draft Clinical Service Plan recommends that a Health One Centre be developed on the Campbell Hospital Campus," Mr Crawford said.

"The Health One Service would operate from this Health One Centre, which would accommodate both a general practice and community health services."

The Health One Centre would operate from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

Mr Crawford said the draft clinical services plan would be released for public exhibition for two weeks, with feedback able to be submitted until 5pm on August 20.

"The (health service) executive will consider the recommendation of the steering committee and then recommend a final version of the Clinical Services Plan to the October 3 board meeting for consideration," Mr Crawford said.

Mr Criss said if a Health One Centre was established, State Government money would be funding the centre, which would compete against his business, the Coraki Medical Centre.

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