Paul Green, using balance his balance power influence, secured a visit from the NSW Health Minister, Hon. Brad Hazzard MP. The event was hosted by Gareth Ward MP, Member for Kiama held at Bomaderry Bowling Club.
The Shoalhaven Health Roundtable brought together over fifty local allied health professionals and local auxiliary groups from across the Shoalhaven region.
Special guests included Margot Mains, Chief Executive and Professor Denis King from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Brad Scotcher, Director of Nursing, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital and Karon Stalgis, Director of Nursing, David Berry Hospital.
Ongoing concerns around the Shoalhaven Hospital and the services it provides, are not new to local residents. I have received a number of representations made to my office, which established the request for the Minister to visit the area and meet with local health professionals.
I acknowledge that the NSW Government has improved services available to Shoalhaven residents including; a $10.1 million purpose-built sub-acute mental health unit; $1.5 million investment in a dedicated endoscopy suite; $31.1 million Cancer Care Centre opened almost five years ago and has already received a $5.5 million funding boost from the NSW Government for the addition of a second linear accelerator commissioned in 2017; $1.35 million for refurbishment of medical ward B to create a purpose-designed dedicated aged care unit.
Today I believe that it was clearly and articulately communicated to the Minister for Health, that the Shoalhaven does not need a new hospital and updated facilities in the next 10 years, we need it much sooner.
In a time when the NSW economy is prospering, because of the support of the Christian Democratic Party and how has utilised its balance of power supportively, it is not too much to call on the Government to hasten the new hospital facilities to the Shoalhaven.
I believe an investment of $300million is required in the next 5 years.