On Wednesday (4/2/14) NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner admitted a Liberal Government will close Maitland Hospital once the private Lower Hunter - Maitland Hospital opens.
The future of Maitland Hospital now lies on the chopping block. Just last year, Jillian Skinner promised "we have no intention of closing hospitals in the surrounding areas [near Maitland]".
This is another Liberal broken promise and a betrayal of the Hunter.
The Liberals are bent on privatising and closing our hospitals. Tony Abbott and Mike Baird have already ripped a combined $18 billion out of NSW health.
NSW Labor calls on the Health Minister to reveal the government's full plans for Maitland Hospital and true intentions for hospitals in the Hunter regions.
NSW Labor has a clear plan. We will keep Maitland Hospital open and ensure Lower Hunter - Maitland Hospital is publicly run.