May 3, 2018 by admin
THE petition calling for major redevelopments of the Inverell and Glen Innes district hospitals is now over the half way mark.
Member for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay said the number received in his office had reached just over 6000 signatures.
“We are well on the way towards the total of 10,000 needed to spark a debate on the issue in Parliament,” he said.
“That’s a really positive response in less than a month and each day more and more petitions are rolling in.
“It shows the depth of feeling in the community about the need for these major redevelopments and that will have a strong impact in Parliament.”
The MP said petitions were being returned from right across the Glen Innes and Inverell districts.
“Given the relative size of the populations, the response has been evenly spread and widespread,” he said.
“It’s great to see the local councils, businesses and the media spreading the word and making petition forms available.
“Community spirit built our hospitals and that same spirit will see them brought up to modern standards of efficiency and capacity.”
Mr Torbay said district hospitals, like those in Glen Innes and Inverell, had been overlooked in current government funding models and had received nothing like the infrastructure funding committed to both small rural and major city hospitals.
“It’s a situation that needs to be addressed,” he said. “Hunter New England Health has recently completed Network Service Plans (NSP) for both hospitals.
“The next step would be for the government to commit to funding Clinical Services Plans leading to full redevelopment.”
o Over half way but still more needed : Member for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay with the stacks of petitions which have been returned to his office.
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