Funding boon for Grafton Base Hospital
FEDERAL Treasurer Chris Bowen admitted to having his arm well and truly twisted before he ticked off $10million in funding for Stage 3 of the Grafton Base Hospital re-development.
Mr Bowen was in Grafton yesterday at the invitation of the Member for Page and close friend Janelle Saffin to make the announcement.
"Janelle is not a woman you say 'no' to," Mr Bowen said. "To get this money she saw the Deputy Treasurer, me, the Prime Minister, she texted me, phoned me, emailed, tweeted - I think she would have used smoke signals - until I said 'yes'."
He said Ms Saffin had warned him she had Stage 1 and 2 done, but she was not finished.
"That's the type of member Janelle is. She doesn't stop," Mr Bowen said.
Ms Saffin said although this commitment came during the election campaign it should not be dependent on the outcome of the election.
"The money has been allowed for in the budget," Ms Saffin said. "It's my job to see it through now, no matter what.
"In fact I'd like to see my opponent (Nationals candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan) match it."
The chairman of the Grafton Base Hospital medical council Allan Tyson said Stage 3 of the hospital was focused more on the outpatient section of the hospital.
"A lot of the buildings out the back are from the 1950s and were built with a different purpose in mind to what they're being used for now," Dr Tyson said.
He said it would improve renal service, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diabetic services, provide a library, outpatient clinic and a staff cafeteria.