MP holding out hope for a Morisset hospital

April 10, 2013 by  

Greg Piper, Lake Macquarie MP, believes the Morisset district can still have a hospital, regardless of a review by Hunter New England Health suggesting it is not required in the Belmont area. According to Piper:

“There is clear evidence that HNEH has a strong resistance to Morisset having anything even resembling a hospital in the area.”

Piper even went to the extent of using Parliament question time to interrogate Health Minister Jillian Skinner on the subject. According to Piper, this is a very good opportunity to put a hospital exactly where it is most needed; referring to the old Morisset Hospital grounds. He cites the spacious building, ample parking, and proximity to transport options as strong reasons supporting his case. The F3 Freeway, Morisset railway station, and Belmont/Swansea bus services all provide access to the district.

Piper is not alone in championing the cause. Integrated health care volunteers from the Southlake Committee are also lobbying for Morisset, a growth area in need of future planning. At present, residents requiring hospital treatment are required to travel 30 kilometres to Wyong or John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. Health care remains a significant NSW government expense, no more so than in an election year.

The government is more inclined to spend on existing facilities, according to Minister Skinner, who believes general practitioner services are already doing a great job for Belmont residents. Strategies addressing gaps in health service provision continue to be debated. Flyer printing and poster printing can be useful in this kind of situation as educational materials can be produced to raise public awareness.