Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Delegation Has High Hopes for Hospital

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Delegation Has High Hopes for Hospital

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Byline: GRAEME SINGLETON

EXPECTATIONS are high for a positive outcome from talks in Sydney this morning about the future of the Bellinger River District Hospital.

The member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner, is leading a delegation that includes the Bellingen mayor Councillor Mark Troy, his deputy Cr Kerry Child, council general manager, Mike Colreavy and Bellingen Health Action group member Jacki Lockyer for what his said will be a 'frank and open discussion' with the NSW Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt and senior health bureaucrats.

"We will present a very compelling case to the minister for the retention of all current services at the hospital and the re-instatement of those jobs that have been lost," Mr Stoner said. "Part of our strategy will be to tell Mrs Tebbutt that information being given to her by the consultant engaged by the Area Health Service is wrong.

"Once she and her advisors realise that the data justifying the downgrading of the hospital is inaccurate, we hope that she will overrule the Area Health Service. …

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