POSITIVE: Talks in Sydney about funding for the Tweed Hospital redevelopment have progressed planning.
POSITIVE: Talks in Sydney about funding for the Tweed Hospital redevelopment have progressed planning. Nolan Verheij-Full

It's 'crystal clear' the campaign is working

A senior medico and Tweed MP Geoff Provest have emerged from a key meeting with the Health Minister, optimistic their plea for funding the Tweed Hospital's redevelopment has been heard.

On Friday, Jillian Skinner, her chief of staff Andrew Kirk, Mr Provest, local health district Brian Pezzutti chair and Tweed medical staff council chair Dr Ian McPhee, met in Sydney.

Dr McPhee said it was "crystal clear" during talks the Heal Our Hospital campaign and community support had raised the profile of the Tweed Hospital.

After urging the ministry for funding, Dr McPhee said it was agreed senior clinicians would meet with local health district chief executive Chris Crawford in March, to re-order priorities in the first stage of the redevelopment.

This was because the hospital's needs for expansion has increased since 2013, when the redevelopment was received by Ms Skinner.

"We're very committed to making sure that what we do, in terms of implementation, is responsible and correct," Dr McPhee said.

"We (clinicians) will revisit the data from 2013 to re-calculate the most pressing clinical needs first.

"And the minister has made a commitment to respond to that in a timely manner."

Asked what plans for action Mr Provest had following the meeting, he said: "The meeting was very positive and I will continue working with the board, the clinicians and the government to get the resources needed at the Tweed Hospital".

Ms Skinner said: "The upgrade of the Tweed Hospital is being considered as part of the NSW Government's future health capital works program.

"Discussions are ongoing and further detail will be made public in due course."

Recently Ms Skinner's spokesperson said this would be done "in the context of an election".

Dr Pezzutti said his reflection on the meeting would be the same as Ms Skinners.

The Heal our Hospital campaign continues in the Tweed Daily News on Saturday.

Stage 1:

- Intensive care unit
- Cardiology beds
- Stroke unit
- Birthing expansion
- Special care nursery
- Acute delirium unit
- Geriatric unit
- Emergency
- Cancer care centre
- Medical records
- Palliative care unit 

More: tweeddailynews.com.au/topic/hoh



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