In the closing minutes of Parliament on Thursday, Labor’s Shadow Spokesman for Health Hon Walt Secord threatened to tear up the contract for a new Maitland Hospital.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said “ Labor can’t be trusted with Health. They have threatened to derail the construction of a new Lower Hunter Hospital if it isn’t to their liking. This would be a disaster for Maitland and the region. It would set back the development of a new hospital possibly for years.”
“Contracts and finances for a new $450million dollar Hospital are very complex and any variation would likely be legally contested. It is simply a disaster for Maitland and demonstrates again, Labor will put politics before Health and community every time.”
“The Opposition has not matched the Liberal Government commitment for a new Hospital. It has not pledged any significant funding. It is now on the cusp of cancelling a contract for a new lower Hunter Hospital if they formed Government. Fortunately that is not likely to happen” Mr MacDonald said
I am calling on Opposition Leader Luke Foley to stand Walt Secord aside. Walt Secord represents a real risk to Health infrastructure. No construction company and no health partner can have confidence in Labor.
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