Norco to return to NSW hospitals as State Government backflips on milk decision

New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the Government is reversing its decision to dump Norco as the milk supplier for 15 north coast health facilities.

Last week it was revealed the contract had been awarded to Queensland’s Dairy Farmers, which is owned by Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings.

The decision to dump the local co-operative came under fire from local farmers, the Health Services Union and patients.

The original decision also had a strong reaction on social media.

At the time, the State Government defended its actions with the Minister stating Norco “did not offer the most economical price for taxpayers”.

But now Mr Hazzard has issued a statement saying the Government has changed its mind.

“In light of the impact on the community, which only came to light after the tender, I asked HealthShare NSW to review its decision,” he said.

“Accordingly, the contract will be reinstated and the benefits of providing local milk to local hospitals have been given priority.”

The dairy co-op’s general manager Andrew Burns said he was delighted by the announcement.

“We’re very appreciative of all the support from the broader community, it’s been wonderful,” he said.

Norco chairman Greg McNamara said it will be a popular move.


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