Community calls on Hodgman Government to save rehab beds

  • Government closes eight rehab beds at the NWRH
  • Labor, community calls on Will Hodgman to keep commitment
  • Move will hurt West Coast and regional communities hardest
  • Members of the local community have joined with Labor in calling for the Hodgman Government to reverse its decision to close eight rehab beds at the North-West Regional Hospital.

    The Government’s 2015 White Paper said rehab beds would remain opened at the NWRH and additional beds would be opened at the Mersey hospital.

    Labor Member for Braddon Anita Dow was joined by community members today to launch a community petition calling on the Government to reinstate the 8 rehabilitation beds at the NWRH.

    “I commend the passionate group of women I have been working with on this issue,” Ms Dow said. “They are committed to seeing equitable access to rehab services on the North West Coast.”

    “This is a broken commitment by Will Hodgman and the Liberals, and it will impact our communities and the health outcomes of our people.

    “It will mean more travel time for people living in our rural and regional communities, which is simply unacceptable.

    “People on the West-Coast, who will he hardest hit, will be quite rightly asking why Will Hodgman is again targeting them with cuts to services.

    “Will Hodgman is on the North-West Coast today and he must front up and tell locals why he is cutting this much needed service.

    “We know the Government has mismanaged the Budget but it doesn’t mean local people and their health and wellbeing should have to pay.”

    Anita Dow MP

    Labor Member for Braddon