New call on health care

Pe­ti­tion de­mands more lo­cal funds

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

A PE­TI­TION with more than 1000 sig­na­tures call­ing for better health care ser­vices and more fund­ing for health in New Nor­folk has been tabled by La­bor leader Re­becca White.

The pe­ti­tion, or­gan­ised by La­bor can­di­date for Lyons Dar­ren Clark and lo­cal cam­paigner Bill Der­mody, was tabled by Ms White in Par­lia­ment last week.

“We need a better health plan to keep our lo­cal hospital safe. New Nor­folk res­i­dents are con­sis­tently ne­glected by the Gov­ern­ment. We de­serve better,” the pe­ti­tion stated.

“We re­quest that the House calls upon Will Hodg­man and the Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment to stop cuts to our health care sys­tem and prop­erly fund the New Nor­folk Hospital.”

Mr Clark said it was great to get lo­cal sup­port on the is­sue af­ter it was raised by con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers.

He said the pe­ti­tion was six months in the mak­ing, and that he has pre­vi­ously writ­ten to fed­eral mem­bers of par­lia­ment about the is­sue.

“I think it’s a mat­ter of sit­ting down with all the par­ties, the lo­cal med­i­cal cen­tre [is] fully aware of the is­sue, and com­ing up with a best case so­lu­tion,” he said.

“What we don’t want ... is cre­at­ing an­other Mersey [Com­mu­nity Hospital], where you’re ar­gu­ing for fund­ing ev­ery year.

“We want a sus­tain­able med­i­cal in­dus­try within the Der­went Val­ley that can look af­ter peo­ple from as far as Mt Field that get in­jured, up to Stra­han ... right down through to Ouse and the Der­went Val­ley it­self.”

Lib­eral Mem­ber for Lyons Rene Hid­ding la­belled the pe­ti­tion “base­less La­bor scare­mon­ger­ing”.

“This Gov­ern­ment has in­vested in health in the Der­went Val­ley, in­clud­ing al­most $2 mil­lion over the next four years to open beds with more nurses, doc­tors and al­lied health staff at the New Nor­folk Hospital,” Mr Hid­ding said.

“When La­bor were last in Gov­ern­ment, they cut es­sen­tial ser­vices, with the down­grad­ing of the Ouse hospital and an at­tempt to close the Glenora School.

“We are boost­ing re­sourc­ing at New Nor­folk Hospital, so it can de­liver great care for lo­cal res­i­dents and pro­vide care for patients from the Royal Ho­bart Hospital.”

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans sup­ported the pe­ti­tion.

“It’s crit­i­cal, the in­vest­ment in health and in­fras­truc­ture at New Nor­folk Hospital, be­cause that is the hub for the re­gion,” Cr Evans said.

“It’s what I’ve been ask­ing of the State Gov­ern­ment at the last two com­mu­nity cab­i­nets to in­vest in. It’s vi­tally im­por­tant with a grow­ing com­mu­nity.”

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