Dis­tort­ing the truth

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION NEWS -

SUD­DENLY we now have per­sons dis­tort­ing the facts re­gard­ing the Tweed Hos­pi­tal.

This decade’s Heal our Hos­pi­tal cam­paign led by the Tweed Daily News was for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Tweed Hos­pi­tal and up­grade of clin­i­cal ser­vices.

The then chair of the Med­i­cal Staff Coun­cil stated re the mas­ter plan, “plan­ning was a well-rounded, sci­en­tific, clin­i­cian-led ex­er­cise” (19/12/14).

For­mal records state the Lo­cal Health District, “is await­ing for­mal con­fir­ma­tion on the com­mit­ment to fully fund the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Tweed Hos­pi­tal to the full scope of the Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Plan” (29/3/17).

A Tweed Hos­pi­tal Ten­der doc­u­ment (July last year) for the LHD states, “the hos­pi­tal is a mod­ern con­tem­po­rary re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal”.

This doc­u­ment also re­veals there are more than 700,000 staff, vis­i­tors and pa­tients vis­it­ing each year.

Re­mov­ing this vis­i­ta­tion out of the Tweed Heads econ­omy is not even on the gov­ern­ment’s radar, nor the Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The re­sponse to a for­mal re­quest for in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the cri­te­ria plan for re­lo­ca­tion of the Tweed Hos­pi­tal and Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Plan stated that the rel­e­vant area of Health did not hold the in­for­ma­tion de­spite the plan’s ex­is­tence be­ing for­mally doc­u­mented in their own records.

Con­trary to state­ments that the re­lo­ca­tion of Tweed Hos­pi­tal has been con­sulted with coun­cil for seven years, the elected body, as with the com­mu­nity, first knew of this the same day the Min­is­ter made his an­nounce­ment in April (but re­fused to dis­close un­til now that the Tweed Hos­pi­tal would close). On re­view of the EIS so far, el­e­ments are se­ri­ously mis­lead­ing and there are sig­nif­i­cant omis­sions.

The more that is be­ing un­rav­elled on the hos­pi­tal is­sue, the more dis­turb­ing it be­comes and the grav­ity of con­cern can­not be over­stated. — Lindy Smith, Tweed Heads

CON­CERN­ING: Let­ter writer Lindy Smith is dis­turbed by the hos­pi­tal is­sue.

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