THE Tweed Daily News in collaboration with Tweed Hospital senior doctors and surgeons have launched a campaign to urge the NSW government to fund urgently needed infrastructure at the hospital.
Launched on December 20 in our Saturday edition, the Heal Our Hospital campaign aims to pressure the NSW Health Ministry to fund the Tweed Hospital Master Redevelopment Plan which has been gathering dust for more than 12 months.
We'll continue to speak with clinicians from the facility who claim the hospital is under severe stress due to a lack of hospital beds and clinical services.
But grass roots support of the campaign by our readers is vital for it's success, according to the chair of the Medical Staff Council, Dr Ian McPhee.
"Community support will acknowledge the commitment made by clinicians in all disciplines, to provide exemplary services in difficult circumstances and it will make it clear to bureaucrats and politicians that these are genuine concerns that are felt across the community," he said.
Dr McPhee said clinicians wanted the community to get involved by writing to political leaders and sharing Tweed Daily News stories and the campaign logo on social media.
"People should participate in the social media campaign, they should be prepared to put our local member on notice that this is the most significant issue facing this community, and, as best they can from a distance, they should alert state bureaucrats to the plight of the hospital," he said.
To read Heal Our Hospital stories go to http://www.tweeddailynews.com.au/topic/%23hoh/, visit local newsagents or our office in Rivendell Drive for paper editions.
How do I help?
- Use the #HealOurHospital hashtag in social media
- Display the Heal Our Hospital logo. Download it at www.tweeddailynews.com.au/topic/HealOurHospital
- Share your story with journalist Alina Rylko 0755236214 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to Tweed MP Geoff Provest PO Box 6695, TWEED HEADS SOUTH NSW 2486 email@example.com asking for funding to the Tweed Hospital Master Redevelopment Plan so he can lobby the Northern NSW Local Health District and the NSW Health Minster Jillian Skinner on your behalf.