New call on health care
Petition demands more local funds
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.”