Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall at Glen Innes and Moree Hospitals.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has hailed today a “red letter day” for hospitals and health facilities in the region, with the 2019-20 NSW Budget locking in the $80 million redevelopment of Moree District Hospital and $20 million upgrade of Glen Innes District Hospital.
Mr Marshall said this was on top of another funding injection for the $60 million Inverell District Hospital redevelopment in today’s Budget.
He said planning, which could take up to two years, would now begin on both the Moree and Glen Innes Hospital projects following the release of planning money next financial year.
“This is an historic time health facilities in the Northern Tablelands, with Armidale, and Inverell and now Moree and Glen Innes Hospitals set to be fully redeveloped and upgraded,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is the first time Moree and Glen Innes Hospital have appeared in the Budget papers and now these redevelopment and upgrade projects are locked in.
“I couldn’t be happier or more proud today for the Moree and Glen Innes communities – they will get the new health facilities they need and deserve because they worked together.
“Those communities deserve the credit for this outstanding result and now it’s my job to continue working with them and NSW Health to ensure planning gets underway soon and these projects deliver for our region.”
Mr Marshall said the redevelopment of Moree Hospital and the upgrade of Glen Innes Hospital would mean local residents could receive top-class medical treatment in their town home towns.
“Armidale is already seeing the benefits of its hospital redevelopment and Inverell is now well underway – now it’s Moree and Glen Innes’ turn,” Mr Marshall said.
“There’s no doubt that new and upgraded hospitals help dramatically in attracting and retaining quality medical staff, but it’s the local patients who will notice the most difference and that’s what these projects are all about – local people.”
The news from today’s Budget comes on the back of a visit by Health Minister Brad Hazzard to Inverell, Glen Innes and Armidale Hospitals recently.