Mount Druitt MP unhappy to be snubbed

IT has been three years since Labor Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery has been invited to an official event at Mount Druitt Hospital.

The long-serving MP and original hospital board member has described the Western Sydney Local Health District and Health Minister Jillian Skinner as unprofessional.

Hospital staff were unhappy he wasn't formally invited to the recent unveiling of the James "Mac" Wyllie operating suite in honour of the retired head of surgery.

While Mr Amery didn't make the guest list, other western Sydney Liberal MPs did and they attend most official events at Mount Druitt.

Attorney-General Greg Smith is the only minister since the 2011 election who has advised Mr Amery's office he was coming to the electorate.

It hasn't always been a case of petty politics.

"I was a minister for eight years and whenever we went to the electorate of a Liberal MP, I would always contact their office as a courtesy," Mr Amery told the Star.

"Before that, even then Liberal health minister Peter Collins would make sure I was there at the hospital for official events. I'm passed the stage of disappointment. It's a Liberal strategy to try and win votes. They need a lesson in ethical behaviour."

Western Sydney Local Health District  declined to add to the minister's response to Mr Amery's comments.

 "During 14 years as shadow health minister, I observed the protocol, established by Labor, that only government MPs are invited to attend ministerial events,'' Ms Skinner said.

That protocol remains in place today."

Should Mr Amery be invited by the government to official events in the Mount Druitt electorate? Have your say at stmarysstar.com.au.

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