LABOR ILL HEALTH SAYS THOMAS GEORGE

LABOR ILL HEALTH SAYS THOMAS GEORGE

30 September 2010

The NSW Labor Government has back-flipped on Local Health Network policy says Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George.

The current State Government announced yesterday Health Networks around the state would increase from eight to 18, commencing 1 January 2011.

Mr George said the revised system was similar to the policy the Coalition Government had been advocating for years.

“Labor’s policy didn’t work so they’ve reverted back to the Coalitions,” he said. “This is another example of how out of touch Premier Keneally is with community needs,” he said.

“It’s bad enough that Labor’s now defunct health system caused major inefficiencies and cost millions, but what really hurts is the pain and suffering of those people whom the system failed.”

Mr George said indications were that the system appeared to be reverting back to the way the old North Coast Area Health Service was run with local medical fraternity involved in all decision-making.

"That's certainly a move in the right direction," Mr George said.

Mr George said the Coalition, if elected next March, would continue to commit to community and clinician consultation over the Local Health network boundaries before any maps were finalised.

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