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April 21, 2021

Privatisation of hospital services ‘will mean cuts’

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And he has been joined by a troika of north coast Labor figures to decry the move.

Labor says under the plan, the state government wants to privatise the work of some 500 staff carrying out cleaning, security and ward duties such as CPR.

On Wednesday, representatives of business consultancy firm MBM met with affected staff from Grafton, Maclean, Ballina and Lismore Base hospitals.

MBM has been contracted by the government to oversee the process of outsourcing the jobs at six north coast hospitals, which also include Murwillumbah and Tweed.

Mr Robertson joined with shadow north coast minister Walt Secord and Labor’s Tweed and Lismore state candidates Ron Goodman and Isaac Smith to formally oppose the plan.

‘These cuts are outrageous and are completely opposed by the community,’ Mr Robertson said.

‘It also comes as a total surprise to north coast families. Removing 500 staff will put so much pressure on hard-working medical staff including doctors and nurses. This plan must be dropped.’

Mr Goodman said it comes on the back of a plan to reduce hours at the Murwillumbah Hospital children’s ward and a plan to introduce paid parking at Tweed Hospital.

Mr Smith said that health services on the north coast were under attack from the Liberals and Nationals.’

Mr Secord said it was ‘just another example of [local] National Party MPs selling out north coast families.

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  1. What THE !
    What advantage do politicians hope to achieve by destroying all the government facilities left in Australia ? Can you imagine any worse course of action, short of all out bombing, that would damage the welfare of Australian citizens ? If you can please don’t let these [people] know about it or it will be policy before you can say” brown paper bag” !

  2. Lets hope that some of these pollies come for a holiday and get caught up in all the cuts. E.G. Get stuck on the road in a pot hole need to go to hospital, need to leave their car and catch public transport to the airport. If you voted Liberal thanks for nothing thats right we get nothing

  3. Tweed Council is flogging a rural land strategy. their research suggests where I live is socially and economically deprived, go figure. no public transport worth mentioning, education opportunies a long drive away, NBN is not going to happen (wireless – really that’s our ‘new’ option), hospitals with inadequate funding and staff the bravest and most dedicated of souls but simply not enough per patient, and standard facilities like radiography not staffed on w/e. And the roads are killing fields. Insult to injury, successive governments have ignored the funding of basic services, and now will rip out gas to destroy the v reason we live here. Thanks for nothing labor and liberals alike. Tweed Council is divided, greens vs development advocates. I’m not seeing any benefit in the amalgamation of a rural community and that strip of sand and concrete (Tweed Coast).



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