Hospital funding the focus of meeting

 President of Manning Great Lakes Community Health Action Group Alan Tickle (centre) with fellow Rotarians Kevin Sharp (left) and David Denning. Mr Tickle addressed the Rotary Club of Taree on the lack of adequate funding for Manning Hospital. Photo: Ashley Cleaver Images.

President of Manning Great Lakes Community Health Action Group Alan Tickle (centre) with fellow Rotarians Kevin Sharp (left) and David Denning. Mr Tickle addressed the Rotary Club of Taree on the lack of adequate funding for Manning Hospital. Photo: Ashley Cleaver Images.

In a plaintive plea for help, more than 650 Manning Great Lakes residents have joined an action group to secure more funding for Manning Hospital.

The Manning Great Lakes Community Health Action Group was formed with the aim of addressing decades of inadequate funding for Manning Hospital due to what they see as a culture of acquiescence and a lack of effective representation.

Many members were galvanised into action after seeing Manning Hospital receive a comparatively paltry $20 million while Port Macquarie hospital received $180 million, Kempsey $80 million and Macksville $80 million - without a clinical services plan.

Action group president Alan Tickle was a guest speaker at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Taree in April.

Mr Tickle said Manning Hospital needs resources or it would always be “playing catch up”.

“We cannot fault the staff, they are brilliant,” Mr Tickle said.

Mr Tickle also thanked local member Stephen Bromhead for meeting with the group and working to try and improve funding.

Mr Tickle urged local people to join the group and increase its clout.

“We are serious about health - it’s so important to the community,” Mr Tickle said.

For Rotary club membership forms and how to pay the $2 joining fee contact the group’s secretary Helen Halpin on 0438 436 632 or jnhjhalpin@gmail.com

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