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Fight to upgrade hospital

CALLS for an urgent upgrade of Canterbury Hospital have stepped up a gear with residents now being asked to sign a petition calling for its redevelopment.

The petition was launched at Canterbury Hospital by State MPs Sophie Cotsis, Jihad Dib and Jo Haylen, Health Services Union official Adam Hall, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association organiser Mark Murphy and healthcare staff from the hospital, and calls for the NSW Government to redevelop Canterbury Hospital.
They say the upgrade could create hundreds of jobs and new long-term job opportunities in fields including medicine, healthcare, science and technology.
Ms Cotsis said the hospital should be upgraded to meet the needs of the Canterbury area’s growing population.
She said that with the NSW Government’s housing policies showing the population of the area is forecast to grow by almost 40 percent over the next 10 years, “we need to invest in Canterbury Hospital now to ensure it is ready for the future”.
“Our population is one of the most diverse in Australia,” she said.
“Around 80 per cent of people in the Canterbury area have at least one parent who was born overseas – and our population continues to grow.
“Not only will a redevelopment mean more medical resources and facilities at Canterbury Hospital, but with Covid-19 and a looming recession, jobs will be created for the short and long term.”
Mr Dib said the hospital urgently needed to be redeveloped to provide vital services for the community.
“Canterbury Hospital has no renal dialysis, angiogram or MRI scanning technology, and it has limited ultrasound capacity,” he said.
“Residents deserve to access these services locally at Canterbury Hospital, instead of being forced to travel to other areas.”
To receive a copy of the petition, call Ms Cotsis’ office on 9718 1234.