De­mand for an­swers

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

Ma­reeba Leagues Club staff Velina Sit­era and Kelly Deb­ney show their true colours for the NRL Grand Fi­nal on Sun­day. A RALLY will be called if the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal does not keep vi­tal ser­vices and a bulk billing clinic in the hos­pi­tal.

The Save the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal Group (STMHG) want the $2.3 mil­lion that Fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt and Mem­ber for Kennedy Bob Kat­ter an­nounced to be spent at the hos­pi­tal, not on pri­vate en­ter­prises or other ser­vices.

STMHG mem­ber De­nis McKin­ley said they will call a pub­lic rally in early Novem­ber if their con­cerns aren’t met in the best in­ter­ests of the Ma­reeba-Dim­bu­lah com­mu­nity.

“Right now there is no mid­dle ground and we are be­ing told this is the best model for us and the com­mu­nity isn’t be­ing con­sulted,” he said.

“The $2.3m needs to stay within the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal.

“The In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates for Cook are the only ones who seem to be on our side and the Ma­reeba Mayor (Tom Gil­more) and cur­rent mem­ber for Cook (Billy Gor­don) are sit­ting on the fence and not sup­port­ing us.”

Mr McKin­ley said he is hop­ing a state elec­tion will be called soon so that some­thing is done about vi­tal ser­vice be­ing cut. Con­tin­ued page 5

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

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