Mayor Slams Hospital Repair Estimate


The Richmond Valley Mayor says the cost estimate for fixing Coraki’s Campbell Hospital is ridiculous.
Storm damage to the building’s roof resulted in the hospital being closed last October.
Col Sullivan fears this week’s decision to extend the closure while a clinical services plan is developed could be a step towards closing the hospital permanently.
He says a new hospital could be built for the two million dollars quoted for repair work.
“This two million dollars I believe is absolutely ridiculous and I did spend some 40 odd years in the building trade,’ Cr Sullivan said.
“I know a little bit about repair and building costs and I appreciate it is a big building and an old building but as I said, 18 months ago the inquiry at that stage suggested the building was in pretty good order.
“Two million dollars… you could almost rebuild the whole hospital.
“I see it as just a delaying tactic, another step towards closing the hospital permanently.
“I just can’t understand those figures and I think if they are going to use those figures to close the hospital the least they can do is give us those figures so we understand that the damage is far greater than the community believe it is,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, says the hospital is central to the Coraki community.
He says the health board needs to carefully consider any changes it makes to services.
“Campbell Hospital is an iconic piece of civic infrastructure for the whole of the lower Richmond,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“It does more than just dispense medical services, it holds the whole fabric of that community together.
“So there’s lot here to be considered when the clinical services and the type of services to be delivered out of that hospital are to be discussed,” he said.

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