Dr Brian Pezzutti, chair of the Northern NSW Local Health District, which is responsible for allocating state government funding.
Dr Brian Pezzutti, chair of the Northern NSW Local Health District, which is responsible for allocating state government funding. Marc Stapelberg

Q & A with Dr Brian Pezzutti

Why is the Tweed Hospital not a priority for funding, compared to Lismore or Byron? What priority is the Tweed?

Capital development of Tweed Hospital is recognised as a high need by NNSW LHD Management and the Board. Funding allocations to Lismore Base Hospital and Byron Central Hospital development are warmly welcomed and will address major infrastructure concerns across both sites.

The Local Health District Board and Management continue to work with the Ministry of Health in progressing the capital development proposal for the Tweed Hospital.

Why is the Tweed Hospital not mentioned in the Rural Health Plan, which identifies the opportunities and needs of rural and regional health services in NSW?

The plan does not make mention of all hospitals across rural and regional NSW nor does it list those hospitals that have capital development proposals under consideration.

Why are there are no Tweed representatives on the Rural Health Plan Steering Committee?

The committee comprised a broad representation across rural and regional NSW who provided their time and expertise in developing the current Rural Health Plan.

Not all regions across NSW could be represented in the Planning Committee but all regions including Tweed had opportunity during the consultation processes to provide input into the drafting the NSW Rural Health Plan.



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