Greens push for hospital
THE Greens have weighed in on the Tweed Hospital doctors' fight for a redevelopment, warning if their pleas for funding are ignored, patients will be at risk.
They've also called for a new "responsible" statewide planning regime to ensure new residential developments trigger investment in social infrastructure, like hospitals.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye was at the hospital on Friday campaigning with Greens NSW Legislative Council candidate Dawn Walker.
"Hospital services in the Tweed have been the victim of Labor and the Nationals' neglect and the triumph of developer greed over good planning," he said.
"While the developers have been allowed to run riot, new investment in infrastructure to match the resulting population growth was put on hold.
"Tweed Hospital no longer has sufficient capacity to provide for the community, leaving patients on waiting lists and putting nurses and doctors under unacceptable levels of stress.
"The immediate solution is to fast-track the development of the hospital out of the master planning phase and into real commitments and a timetable that matches the population needs.
"Patients will be put at risk if something is not done."
Tweed State Greens candidate Andrea Vickers said in a statement: "While Labor and the Nationals have been finger-pointing, the community is wondering if the talk will ever translate into action.
"Elections are great times to get commitments, but they have to be real."