Richmond MP Justine Elliot pictured with Shadow Health MP Walt Secord
Richmond MP Justine Elliot pictured with Shadow Health MP Walt Secord John Gass /TWE170413csg

MP challenges ‘weasel word’ Provest to cough up dates

Shadow Health Minister and North Coast MP Walt Secord has challenged Tweed MP Geoff Provest to provide a timeline on the Tweed Hospital upgrade from NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

Only $48 million is due to be released for stage one of the hospital’s upgrade in the June Budget, even through the figure is understood to be closer to $140m.

Mrs Skinner told ABC Radio on May 10 it was unfortunate the Northern Rivers Local Health District board had underestimated the funds required for stage one of the redevelopment but lessons had been learnt.

Mr Secord said the North Coast needed a statement from Mr Provest or Mrs Skinner “stating they are going to fully fund Tweed Hospital, with dates and deadlines”.

“Too often, the community has been tricked by weasel words from the Liberals and Nationals,” he said.

“We need these dates so we can track the progress and ensure that the upgrade is on track.”

Mr Secord said he was calling on Mr Provest for a timeline “with significant benchmarks and deadlines on the upgrade”.

“Geoff Provest must stop making excuses for the Liberals and Nationals and fund the hospital,” he said.

Updates to come.



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