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Fears construction of the new Eurobodalla hospital may not start until 2023

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Moruya's Dr Michael Holland wants the local member Andrew Constance to guarantee work on the new hospital will start next year. 

The Moruya doctor, who has been the public face of the campaign for a new hospital in the Eurobodalla, is worried planning for the much-needed Level 4 district hospital has stalled, and construction won't start until 2023, the year of the next NSW election. 

Obstetrician Michael Holland says the announcement of a new hospital for the Euroboalla was made by the Premier and local member, just over a year ago in the lead up to the state election in March.

He says the clinical services plan for the new hospital was submitted to the health department in June, and says the public expectation is that construction should start next year, but he says no site has been chosen; the clinical services plan has not been signed off and there is no date set for the start of construction. 

He says the state budget delivered in April carried with it the allocation of $150 million, but in the fine print was the provision for the hospital not to commence until 2023.  Dr Holland says he's been reassured by the local member Andrew Constance that he's doing all he can to get the hospital moving, but Dr Holland says he wants to see evidence of this. 

East Coast Radio has contacted Mr Constance's office for comment. 

In the meantime Dr Holland says the community can attend a public meeting of the board of the Southern NSW Local Health District, which will be held at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club next Thursday, 14 November, and he says another community petition calling for action is circulating.