ANDERSON CALLS FOR GUNNEDAH RURAL HEALTH CENTRE TO STAY IN PUBLIC HANDS

ANDERSON CALLS FOR GUNNEDAH RURAL HEALTH CENTRE TO STAY IN PUBLIC HANDS

Following the announcement of the merger of Mackellar Care with Maclean Care, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is pushing the Gunnedah Rural Health centre to stay in public hands.

The building is now available after Mackellar Care declared that it was no longer part of their operations.

Mr Anderson said this is a purpose built health centre and he is pushing for the facility to remain in public hands and once again start delivering health services to the people of Gunnedah.

“I am a strong believer of providing the best health services close to home and it would be a shame if this building was lost to the community and not part of providing those much needed local health services.

“It makes sense to me to keep this purpose build facility delivering health services to the people of Gunnedah.

“I have had many discussions with the community, groups like PRaMS, (PaediatRic And Maternity Support) the Hospital Auxiliary, the Local Health Committee, the local Red Cross branch, Gunnedah Shire Council, our local Federal Member Mark Coulton and Hunter New England Health.

“There are a number of options including being part of the $53m redevelopment of the Gunnedah hospital. It could form part of a health excellence precinct.

“I believe it would be a good opportunity to ramp up recruitment, we need more doctors and specialists in Gunnedah and this facility would be very attractive to someone thinking of moving to our region.

“Strong health care in Gunnedah is a huge priority for me and I’ll do whatever I can to help support the health services in Gunnedah. There are plenty of opportunities and I don’t want to see them slip away. Now is the time to act.” Mr Anderson concluded. 

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