In the ongoing battle about whether North Coast hospitals should receive their milk from a local supplier, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced that some Norco milk comes from Queensland.
Shadow health spokesperson Walt Secord said yesterday, ‘I never thought I would see the day when Lismore Base Hospital gets its milk from interstate… that is the way of the NSW National Party. They just do what their Liberal masters in Sydney tell them to do.’
In a statement released yesterday Minister Hazzard responded, ‘I am advised by NSW Health that the tender for milk was statewide and Norco was unsuccessful.
‘I am further advised that Norco did not offer the most economical price for taxpayers.
‘I also understand that whilst it wasn’t a specific request in the tender, Norco didn’t state that the milk would be solely from NSW.
‘NSW Health advises that Norco also has dairy farms in Queensland,’ Mr Hazzard said.
A spokesperson for the minister told Echonetdaily that tender process was necessary ‘so that there’s no suggestion of corruption’.
Asked whether she was aware that the successful tenderer was part of a Japanese conglomerate while Norco was owned by local farmers, she responded ‘I don’t know about that’.