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Bulli Hospital forgotten says MP

sbulli hospital sign 2NORTHERN Illawarra residents had a right to be furious after Bulli Hospital wasn’t even mentioned in the Illawarra Regional Action Plan released by the NSW Government, says State MP for Keira Ryan Park.

Mr Park said he was shocked that nearly every other hospital had at least received a mention in the NSW Government’s Action Plan, except Bulli, this is despite the Minister and the Area Health Service going to great lengths at the end of last year to say that Bulli Hospital will remain an important service to the region.

“I cannot believe this Government has the hide to come down here at the end of last year an say that Bulli Hospital is important, it plays an important role in the community and that it will become a centre for aged care excellence and yet a few months on and it doesn’t even get mentioned, let alone receive funding, in a major plan for the region,” Mr Park said.

“This hospital is in desperate need of upgrading. Over 10,000 people signed a petition last year that had this issue debated on the floor of the NSW Parliament. This plan was the O’Farrell Government’s opportunity to show they had listened to the community, unfortunately it is clear they haven’t,” he said.

“When it comes to the provision of health services to the northern Illawarra community I for one have lost complete faith in the integrity of this Government to deliver on what it said it would and after only two years in Government, that is something they should be ashamed of,” he said.

Mr Park said he will be raising the matter in Parliament and demanding the Health Minister Jillian Skinner visit the Illawarra and explain why the hospital has been forgotten.

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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