An elite Charles Sturt Universityeducatorhas slammed the government’s announcement ofa new metropolitan medical school, while the Riverina still facesa “chronic doctor shortage”.

‘NEGLECTED’: CSU Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann says he is disappointed to see funding for a medical school at Gosford while the Murray Darling Medical School still waits on capital funding.

The news of theTurnbull government’s$32.5 million investment in a new medical school in Gosford has sparked outrage amonglocaleducators, who are still awaitingthe Murray Darling Medical School promised by the Nationals in 2013.

The newCentral Coast Medical School will belocated one-and-a-half hours from five existing medical schools in Sydneyand just an hour from thosein Newcastle.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the announcement was a clear example of the government puttingmetropolitan health needs ahead of those inregional cities.

“The government has once again prioritised the healthcare needs of metropolitan communities over rural communities,” Mr Vann said.

“The Murray Darling Medical School was a 2013 election commitment from the Nationals, but one that still hasn’t been delivered.”

Mr Vann accused the government of neglecting the health needs of citizens living in safer political seats.

“It seems to the people of the Riverina and the Central West that the safer our political seats are, the less our communities actually get.

“The loyalty and trust we have shown our elected members is not being repaid, asthe government’s not prepared to fund a rural medical school that will address our chronic doctor shortage.”

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said funding for the Murray Darling Medical School was never “promised”, but he was lobbying hard for the capital funding.

“We said we would fight hard in government to bring it about, but we just don’tgo out promising things that we don’t know we can necessarily see delivered,” he said.

“Idon’t want people to think Wagga or its regions aremissing out on health, because we’re doing our best to look after them.”

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