Health Minister asked to explain birthing service closure

SHADOW Minister for Health Walter Secord on Friday wrote to the State Health Minister Jillian Skinner, asking for her to meet with the Tweed community over the closure of the Murwill-umbah's birthing service.

Mr Secord has also called on Ms Skinner and Lismore MP Thomas George, to "get to the bottom" of the reason behind it.

This comes as the Tweed Daily News confirmed doctors, willing and qualified for a role on the neonatal roster, were not offered a position.

This is despite the health department claiming the service ceased to operate because no doctor could be found to fill the position.

"I think they should re-advertise or call for expressions for the role," Mr Secord said.

"We want to get a doctor there. Let's just make it happen." He said Mr George had the authority to re-open the ward, despite claiming he did not.

"They keep blaming the health district but they are elected officials, they should get the administrators to do their job," Mr Secord said.

Mr George did not comment for this story prior to our deadline.

Meanwhile, campaigners for the birthing service to re-open have secured a meeting with district chief health executive Chris Crawford in the near future.



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