Sophie Cotsis, Member for Canterbury, returned to Parliament after her battle with breast cancer on the 7th of May 2019. In her first speech for 2019, Ms Cotsis highlighted her key priorities for the people of Canterbury.
Ms Cotsis said “Over the next four years my top priority will be to improve local health services, particularly Canterbury Hospital.” For the past eight years the Liberal National State Government has overlooked Canterbury Hospital repeatedly.
Earlier this year, after strong community pressure through petitions, community forums, and street meetings, an extension of the Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department was announced. “Only now are improvements being made to the Emergency Department but the hospital needs to be fully upgraded” Ms Cotsis said.
“With the overdevelopment of our local communities and the growth in population, there is an increasing strain on staff, resources and facilities at Canterbury Hospital to deliver adequate health services to our community” said Ms Cotsis.
Ms Cotsis illustrated her vision to create a world-class health service precinct around Canterbury Hospital to ensure local communities are able to access key health services without having to travel away from the local area.
“My vision is a fully-fledged health precinct at Canterbury Hospital. A number of health services have already relocated around Canterbury Hospital, but there needs to be a master plan developed, to see more services such as cancer services, pathology, mental health, allied health and medical research services to be established at the hospital” Ms Cotsis said.