BHAG rally to support hospital

THE fears and concerns of medical staff will be aired at a rally in Bellingen today which will show the depth of community support for the town’s hospital.

The Bellingen Health Action group (BHAG) has organised the rally in conjunction with International Nurses Day celebrations.

BHAG is particularly worried about the future of services at the Bellinger River District Hospital, and the likelihood that a current trial amalgamation with the Macksville Hospital will be adopted as a shared plan of management.

The rally will get under way at noon in Maam Gaduying Park with a barbecue picnic and music from Thorazoo.

At 1.15pm the first of eight speakers will be given five minutes to address the rally.

They will be led by Jo McKeough from the NSW Nurses Union who will be followed by local doctors Deirdre Little and Trevor Cheney.

The political posturing will be led by Oxley MP Andrew Stoner.

He will be followed by the ALP’s candidate for Cowper Paul Sekfy and the sitting member Luke Hartsuyker.

The Green’s candidate for Cowper Dominic King and Bellingen councillor Sean Tuohy will also address the gathering.

At 2pm, the Save Bello Song, penned by three local schoolgirls, will be launched. The crowd will be provided with song-sheets, so they can join in. This part of the gathering will be video-taped so it can be uploaded onto You tube and the Save Bellingen Hospital website.

The rally will then take to the street with a march through the centre of Bellingen.

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