Keira MP Ryan Park has hit out at the NSW Government for failing to guarantee to use funds from the sale of the old Bulli Hospital site into improving health services in the region.
"I am very disappointed that our community has not been given a guarantee that the funds raised from the sale won't be put back into improving health services in the region," Mr Park said.
"This Government needs to remember that Bulli Hospital was originally built largely on the back of donations from the community in particular from coal mining families."
As the new Bulli Hospital Aged Care Centre of Excellence nears completion across the road, Mr Park said he'd been advised by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District management that the current site would soon be "surplus to requirements".
The $50.4 million facility is expected to be fully operational soon.
"It is absolutely appalling that these funds won't go back into local health services when we know that there is an enormous amount of pressure on Emergency Departments and surgery waiting lists right across the region," he said.
"I intend on raising this issue when Parliament returns in a few weeks time because this is millions of dollars worth of improved services and infrastructure that should be directed back into our local community."
Although Mr Park did ask the Minister on November 13 if all funds raised from the sale will be returned back to health initiatives for the region.
The answer received on December 9, 2019 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 44 stated: "Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is able to apply to the Ministry of Health to retain any net sale proceeds following disposal, in accordance with established processes".