The State Government has voted against an amendment to place a clear and precise timetable on the Shellharbour Hospital upgrade in the State Parliament this morning, Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson said today.

Ms Watson moved an amendment to a Notice of Motion moved by the Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP, which specifically noted that the Ministry of Health had not yet endorsed the final business case for the Shellharbour Hospital upgrade and called for the State Government to outline a precise timetable for the upgrade, including a start and finish of construction.

“Mr Ward likes to move self-congratulatory motions in the State Parliament all the time.

“I’m more interested in knowing when the State Government will actually get on with the work of upgrading the Shellharbour Hospital.

“As a result of today’s vote, the State Government remains unwilling to place a precise timetable on the upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital.

“If Mr Ward wants self-congratulations, I’ll happily buy him a mirror so he can pat himself on the back to his heart’s content.

“The Shellharbour Hospital upgrade funding comes from the existing health budget.

“The people of the southern Illawarra are entitled to ask if the money for the upgrade could be found only eight days before the March election, why wasn’t this funding available over the last five years?

“Why does the State Government have such a problem in telling the community in the southern Illawarra exactly when upgrade work will start and finish?” Ms Watson said.

See: Notice of Motion moved by Gareth Ward MP and amendments moved by Anna Watson MP.

6 August 2015