Nationals candidate for Clarence Chris Gulaptis.
Nationals candidate for Clarence Chris Gulaptis.

Gulaptis questioned over $9m claim

WHERE is the $9 million for the Grafton Base Hospital NSW Nationals candidate for the Clarence by-election Chris Gulaptis mentioned on Sunday?

The chairman of the hospital's staff medical council, Allan Tyson, said Mr Gulaptis may have been having a "Rudd moment" when he talked about that figure plus others among hundreds of millions of dollars coming to the Clarence since the March election.

"He's having a Rudd moment really, in some way," Dr Tyson said.

"He quoted those figures, but I didn't see anything in the NSW Budget for Grafton Base Hospital, but maybe they're about to make those announcements."

Dr Tyson also questioned the $1.2 million Mr Gulaptis said had gone to Maclean Hospital.

"It's my understanding that money was an anonymous bequest," he said.

Dr Tyson said he would not allow the Nationals to claim credit for the money the Federal Government and the former State Labor government provided for hospital extensions.

"Before the last election Nicola Roxon (Federal Health Minister) gave us $6 million and there was $4 million from Carmel Tebbutt," he said.

"They can't possibly claim that money. We've got to make sure these people are held accountable.

"I'll be very anxious to discuss with him where the $9 million since March has come from."

Dr Tyson said he would meet Mr Gulaptis today.

Mr Gulaptis defended the figures he quoted, claiming they were in a press release Mr Cansdell sent out before his resignation on September 16.

"The $9 million is in relation to the orthopaedic ward and imaging expansion. I understand there's an issue there with the orthopaedic surgery I understand that will resolved either today or tomorrow because I've already spoken to Allan Tyson about that," he said.

"It's a critical issue that does need to be resolved. I hope to have some clarity on that after I've spoken with him and after I've spoken to the minister's office."



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