Reject Labor's hospital plan: Gulaptis

MORE money and more local control are needed for Grafton and Lismore hospitals, according to Nationals Candidate for Page, Chris Gulaptis.

Mr Gulaptis's comment came in response to Labor's plans to inject an extra $2 billion into health funding and proposed federal takeover of Australia's public hospitals if health reforms are not carried out.

Mr Gulaptis said Labor's proposal would do nothing to fix the North Coast health crisis.

"The Labor Party is proposing to rescue our hospitals from the Labor Party, but running them from Canberra is not going to be any better than running them from Sydney," he said.

"Labor has repeatedly denied Grafton hospital promised upgrades and the Lismore hospital redevelopment gets delayed year after year.

"The Federal Government provides NSW $14 million a day, every day, to run the state's hospitals, but the State Labor Government is short-changing the North Coast area by more than one million dollars a week we need to get our fair share.

"I want the Federal Government to amend the Australian Health Care Agreement, which is up for renewal this year, to force the NSW Labor Government to spend Canberra hospital dollars more fairly across the State."

But Mr Gulaptis' comments have been rejected by However, Labor Candidate for Page Janelle Saffin said John Howard and the National Party had 11 years to fix the health care problem.

"Chris Gulaptis is just trying to pass the buck on health care," she said.



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