Clock is run­ning on Tweed health

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION | NEWS - ED­I­TOR’S DESK BOB AN­THONY

IT AP­PEARS that health on the Tweed will be the ma­jor is­sue at the up­com­ing NSW elec­tion if re­cent ac­tions by both sides of pol­i­tics is any­thing to go by. There’s no deny­ing that health is a key is­sue at any state or fed­eral elec­tion, but the con­struc­tion of a des­per­ately needed new hos­pi­tal to ser­vice the grow­ing de­mands of the re­gion will be front and cen­tre for the seat of Tweed. There is over­whelm­ing con­sen­sus from the com­mu­nity that the ex­ist­ing health ser­vices pro­vided by the state are in need of a long over­due over­haul. But the divi­sion comes in when dis­cussing ex­actly what form that over­haul will take.

Both sides agree a new hos­pi­tal is cru­cial to any health plans for the shire. Where that hos­pi­tal is built, what ser­vices it will pro­vide, and the fu­ture of ex­ist­ing health fa­cil­i­ties are dis­cus­sions which Tweed po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents are us­ing in their plat­forms for be­ing elected. Re­gard­less of Tweed vot­ers’ po­lit­i­cal pref­er­ences, the one thing none of us have is time.

And nei­ther do the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­cause the pres­sure is on to ad­dress the grow­ing de­mands placed on our health fa­cil­i­ties and the ded­i­cated peo­ple who staff them.

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