Saffin wants hospital assurance
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin has called on the Northern New South Wales Local Health District to give a public reassurance about the status of Campbell Hospital in Coraki.
Ms Saffin said it was not fair to leave the Coraki community in limbo about when the hospital would reopen.
"I understand that there was storm damage in September and again in October last year and the hospital was closed temporarily for repairs to be done," she said.
"The Hospital Auxiliary was told late last year that about extensive repair work that was to be done and they understood the work would continue over the holidays.
"However the NNSW LHD has advised my office that it was decided late last year that a full structural review of the hospital was required.
"The structural review has now been done and I am advised that the report on the hospital's infrastructure is due in coming weeks.
"It is important for the community to be kept well informed about what is happening with the hospital.
"The community also wants to know that the buildings will be secured during any temporary closure.
"Back in 2010 the hospital was closed temporarily for roof repairs, and there were rumours flying around the community that the hospital would not reopen.
"At that time, on behalf of the community I asked the CEO Chris Crawford to attend a community meeting to give a reassurance on the hospital's future.
"At that meeting I assured the Coraki and district community that I would always make sure that their hospital stayed open so people could have the services they need. It is an essential community resource.
"The Coraki Hospital Auxiliary is well aware of my long standing commitment to Campbell Hospital including when I was on the hospital board.
"My commitment remains and I call on the Mr Crawford to again reassure the community that their hospital will be repaired and reopened.
"The Coraki community would also like to hear from the Chair of the Northern NSW Local Health District Board, Ms Hazel Bridget. As she is the community Ministerial appointment to the Board, the community needs to hear from Ms Bridget on this issue, as we have on the upgrade of Lismore Base Hospital Stage Three."