Following revelations that local patients are being forced to go across the border to Queensland to access health services because TweedHospital is at breaking point, Greens NSW Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has called on both the Liberal-Nationals and Labor to stop using TweedHospital as a ‘political football’.
“Enough is enough. TweedHospital is facing a growing funding crisis and it’s time the Nationals delivered on their promised funding of $48 million to start upgrading the facility.
“TweedHospital cares for people right across the North Coast; it should be a first-class facility with a new emergency department, refurbished wards and specialist units; not left to deteriorate so it can be wheeled out each election for politicians to make unfilled promises.
“As a Tweed local, I’ve seen the community’s calls for more funding to address the looming health services crisis ignored by Governments of both persuasions for many years.
"Lismore Hospital is undergoing an upgrade, Coffs Harbour has been undergoing an upgrade, Byron Hospital has been re-built; it’s time TweedHospital got the attention it deserves.
“Successive Labor and LNP governments have shown they cannot be trusted. Hospital funding is too important to be left to the politics of the day. The Tweed community wants a decent Hospital, not border-hopping to access quality health services” said Dawn Walker.
Tweed Hospital, which has the largest emergency department in regional NSW, was promised $48 million for an upgrade at the last state election*, but has not received any money.