North Coast MP and Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord is injured.
North Coast MP and Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord is injured. Contributed

Provest hits back at ‘dim sim’ Walt over hospital

FIRST it was a weasel, now it’s a dim sim: a war of words has erupted between Tweed MP Geoff Provest and Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord over funding for the Tweed Hospital.

Mr Provest today quipped back at Mr Secord, also Labor’s MP for the North Coast, over his call for a definitive timeline on the Tweed Hospital upgrade, saying the request was just part of a dirty “smear campaign”.

Yesterday the shadow health minister said Mr Provest had used “weasel words” in dodging a formal commitment to fund the full cost of the hospital’s redevelopment, following a blow out in costs from $48m to an estimated $140m for Stage One of the project.

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But Mr Provest retaliated, accusing Mr Secord of mounting a personal attack against him.

“I think he’s the king of smear,” Mr Provest retorted, referring to Mr Secord.

“He has no idea of what is actually happening at the Tweed Hospital.

“I can’t even remember the last time he visited here. He’s not met with the Tweed doctors and not had any communication with them.

“He went to Beijing and fell over on a dim sim, and now he’s back in parliament at Sydney, and just full of the smear that Labor is renowned for.”

But Mr Secord hit back, saying in fact, during the last parliamentary recess, he had been 1600km west of Shanghai in rural China when he tripped and broke his ankle and fibula.

“I am in a wheelchair, but this will not stop me from ensuring Tweed MP Geoff Provest delivers a full upgrade of Tweed Hospital,” he said.

“I make no apologies for using tough language and demanding that Tweed MP Geoff Provest, the Health Minister Jillian Skinner and the Nationals back up their promises.”

Mr Provest said the NSW Government was currently working on a timeline for the Tweed Hospital’s upgrade in conjunction with NSW Health Infrastructure.

“I hope to see the stake in the ground by the end of the year,” Mr Provest said.



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