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Byron Shire
June 24, 2021

A looming hospital fiasco?

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The Northern Beaches hospital was built by public money to the tune of $600m (I have seen the figure of $2.14 billion as the real final cost). Whatever the amount, the cost was at public expense, but handed over to an American multinational company to run for profit.

The beds in the hospital are split 60 per cent public and 40 per cent private.

Parking ranges from 15 minutes free to $20 per day. The company also receives a fee from the government to run the hospital.

Is this to be the fate of the Kingscliff hospital when built? Senior staff have resigned, workers complain of being over-worked through staff shortages.

Are the current reallocations of nursing hours from Murwillumbah hospital a portent of things to come?

We got a lot of sweet talk at the last election about the new hospital from pollies and their local mates.

We should be very afraid for the future of our public heath system, after all, Murwillumbah (population under 10,000) has, from a medical point of view, been declared a city! What’s that all about?

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