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Hartsuyker welcomes $1 million funding for diagnostic equipment at Kempsey Hospital

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Greg Pierce Office of Luke Hartsuyker The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper (02) 66 52 62 33 (Electorate) (02) 6277 4447 (Canberra) 0408 532 785

August 28, 2008

Hartsuyker welcomes $1 million funding for diagnostic equipment at Kempsey Hospital

The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the Rudd Government’s announcement of $ 1 million for two new diagnostic machines at Kempsey Hospital.

Mr Hartsuyker, who is in Canberra for Federal Parliament, said Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s office had confirmed the funding had been approved for this financial year.

“At last year’s Federal election both the Coalition and the Labor Party committed $1 million towards the purchase of a CT scanner and ultrasound machine at the hospital,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“That election commitment has now been delivered by the Rudd Government and I would like to give credit where credit is due and thank them for honouring that commitment.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the availability of a CT scanner meant patients would no longer have to travel to Port Macquarie or visit a private operator in Kempsey.

“It is important that this new equipment is commissioned at the earliest possible time in order to improve the level of service which is being provided for the local community.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the current campaign to upgrade Kempsey Hospital was continuing to attract strong public support.

“Recently I launched a petition for the redevelopment of the hospital from the Australian Government’s $10 billion Health and Hospital Fund,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The petition highlights the need for the New South Wales Government to revisit the masterplan for the upgrade of hospital which was completed in 2006.

“It also calls for the Australian Government to provide funds to the State Government from this new hospital funding programme.

“I have forwarded a copy of the masterplan to the Federal Minister so that she is aware of the work required to redevelop the hospital and restore the services that have been eroded over a sustained period of time.”