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Deafening silence on hospital’s future… MP wants answers

STATE MP for Keira, Ryan Park has sought an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health Jillian Skinner to discuss the recommendations that the Local Health District has made in relation to Bulli Hospital.

“I have sought an urgent meeting… when Parliament resumes too make sure she understands how important this facility is to the local community,” he said.

“This facility was built by the community and it is imperative that the NSW Liberal Government realise that as the community grows and ages, effective health services are essential to attracting and retaining people in the area,” he said.

“The time for talk is over, the Minister should demonstrate the same level of commitment to Bulli in Government as she did when in Opposition and ensure that the facility gets the upgrade the community expects and deserves,” he said.

Mr Park said the recent Infrastructure NSW report indicated clearly that there was an urgent need for improved services in the local region and it was imperative that the Government allocate the funding needed for Bulli Hospital.

“Bed occupancy rates are running at around 97 per cent in the Illawarra with a forecast increase in demand for acute care rising by 24 per cent, what that means is we need additional health services not less,” he said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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