ATTEND LISMORE HEARING OF INQUIRY, GEORGE URGES LOCALS

Attend Lismore hearing of Inquiry, George urges locals

07 April 2008

“…it really is a case of speak now or forever hold your peace...”

Nationals MPs for Lismore, Thomas George and Ballina, Don Page are calling for strong local participation following the announcement the Special Commission of Inquiry into the NSW Health System will meet at Lismore Base Hospital from noon to 4pm on Monday 28 April.

“We have been calling for the Commission to visit the North Coast because despite our excellent medical staff and nurses we have real problems here especially at Lismore and Murwillumbah hospitals which lack basic infrastructure,” Mr George said.

“This is a chance for the community to have its say to the independent commission on the North Coast Hospitals Crisis– it really is a case of speak now or forever hold your peace.”

Don Page and I both represent areas that use the Lismore Base Hospital and we will be telling the commissioner delays to the Lismore Hospital Redevelopment including the cancer treatment unit were unacceptable.

“I will also be putting the case very strongly for the North Coast Area Health Service executive to ditch any plans to downgrade Murwillumbah Hospital which is also in the electorate I represent.”

“Concerned Murwillumbah residents have the option of attending the Tweed hearing of the commission which will take place at the Tweed Hospital from 10.30am to 5pm on Tuesday 29 April.”

Mr George said people wanting the address to send a submission could contact his office on 6621 3624. Residents can also email the commission directly at acutecare.inquiry@agd.nsw.gov.au.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577