Wagga Base Hospital: Tongue-in-cheek petition emerges to change hospital name … again

BANTER: Wagga resident Steven Cook has put together a tongue-in-cheek petition to reverse the decision to change the hospital name.
BANTER: Wagga resident Steven Cook has put together a tongue-in-cheek petition to reverse the decision to change the hospital name.

Wagga’s hospital name saga might have been resolved on paper, but there’s still life in the widely-debated topic.

In true Aussie fashion, a tongue-in-cheek petition has emerged to reverse Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s decision to change the hospital’s name from Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. 

“We now, by petition, and for no other reason than we can, demand that the New South Wales Health Minister and Daryl Maguire, Member for Wagga Wagga change the name of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital back to Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital,” the petition reads.

Though the petition is intended to be humourous, its author, Wagga resident Stephen Cook, believes a point had to be made.

HOT TOPIC: Naming the hospital has proven a tedious process.

HOT TOPIC: Naming the hospital has proven a tedious process.

“Yes, it’s tongue-in-cheek but there are bigger issues we face as a community than the name of a hospital,” he said.

“I think we just got distracted by something that’s probably not as important as people made it out to be.

“Personally, I’d be looking at other issues such as more getting hydrotherapy facilities and things like that.”

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