Health Min­is­ter de­fends ser­vice plan

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

NSW Health Min­is­ter Jil­lian Skin­ner has de­fended the Lib­er­als’ plan for Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal in re­sponse to Tregear res­i­dent Bill Arm­strong’s let­ter to the Queen.

Ms Skin­ner said Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal had “a very bright fu­ture”.

Mr Arm­strong dis­agreed, and urged fel­low res­i­dents to keep fight­ing.

“They (the State Govern­ment) say, ‘Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal has the best pal­lia­tive care unit’, and I al­most be­gin to laugh be­cause that’s where you go when you’re about to fin­ish up. What about those who still have a chance?”, he said

Ms Skin­ner said “La­bor sat on its hands and did noth­ing” when in power.

“When I be­came Health Min­is­ter, we in­creased the fo­cus on elec­tive surgery at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal and strength­ened links with Black­town Hos­pi­tal,” Ms Skin­ner said.

Mt Druitt La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla said, “It’s not good enough” and ser­vices should be re­stored at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Bill Arm­strong felt so strongly about the de­clin­ing state of Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal that he voiced his con­cerns in a let­ter to the Queen.

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