Thousands of us signed the petition promoted by Stephen Bromhead for the funding and building of a public hospital in Forster Tuncurry.
We were assured the petition would be presented to the government of the time. It wasn't.
We felt it would be the start of funding and planning for the hospital. It wasn't.
There has not been a mention of the hospital in any of his bulletins.
In an email to me his exact words were "A public hospital facility will be planned and BUILT in Forster Tuncurry in this current term of government".
I feel lied to. I suppose, as hinted by The Advocate, the key word we all got tricked by is "facility". Using the word "built" also gave a lot of us the impression that facility might actually be a building/hospital of some sort. I guess not.
His private push for a Forster hospital was quite different to a commitment/pledge from the government to build a hospital, of which there is no evidence.
How much funding has been allocated to the planning of this "facility" in the current budget? He often talks about Taree hospital, but that is not Forster.
Stephen Bromhead MP response:
The State Budget delivered on all our election commitments including funding from Restart NSW for Planning on our local projects being Stage 2 Re-development Manning Hospital and a public pospital for Forster Tuncurry.
On Monday July 8, I met with Hunter New England Health CEO Michael DiRienzo to discuss the planning for our future health needs across the region, which will inform the master plan for the future of Manning and Forster Tuncurry.