20.4 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

Nats MPs ‘limp’ on Murwillumbah Hospital closure

Latest News

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the...

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Increase in remote access scams

Local financial institutions say there has been an increase in remote access scams experienced by customers recently.

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

The Channon resilient after disaster

Northern Rivers communities are nothing if not resilient and The Channon community is preparing to take a proactive stance when it comes to disasters in the area.

The limp protestations of Lismore Nationals MP Thomas George over the closure of the birthing service at Murwillumbah Hospital are a significant disappointment.

Mr George has previously claimed credit for ‘saving’ the hospital’s children’s ward while actually closing it on weekends. Now he claims to be powerless to intervene in the closure of the birthing service. How convenient.

The complete absence of Tweed MP Geoff Provest from the debate is telling. Thousands of people in the Tweed electorate rely on the services at Murwillumbah Hospital.

Most damning of all is the revelation that this closure has been brewing since December, a full three months before the State Election, and neither Mr Provest nor Mr George revealed this to voters.

It beggars belief that these two gentlemen could be so adept at showing up for hospital photo opportunities at a moment’s notice, but didn’t know the closure of the birthing unit was coming.

Ron Goodman, former Labor candidate for Tweed, Banora Point


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.