Healthy State of Affairs

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Byline: comment DAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE merits of Kevin Rudd's plan to take over the administration of hospitals and other primary health services from the States will be debated in detail over the coming weeks, but the initial feeling is that if it is funded and administered properly it can't be anything other than a good thing.

For years the people of the Clarence Valley have felt ripped off in the provision of hospital and health services, with hospitals in Lismore and Coffs Harbour getting virtually all the attention.

More than 15 years ago thousands of people gathered at the Grafton racecourse to rail against the State Government for the inadequate attention it had given the hospital. It is fair to say the community sentiment that led to so many people giving up a day of their weekend to support health services has changed little in the years since. For at least three years The Daily Examiner has backed this need for better health services in the Clarence through our 'Stop the Bleeding' campaign. …