THE great test is continuing for Bathurst MP Paul Toole, and we're not sure he's receiving a pass mark just yet.
Councillor Warren Aubin has again used Bathurst Regional Council's monthly policy committee meeting to raise further concerns over staffing levels and services at Bathurst Base Hospital - and again he will have the backing of the community.
And each time this issue raises its head (and it will continue to do so now some momentum has started) the pressure increases on Mr Toole to find a solution.
As it stands, there is already a growing list of grievances regarding the hospital and all relate to Bathurst residents simply not getting their fair share of the health services pie.
The action group established to lobby for a better deal says the hospital needs more nurses to ease the strain on the current workforce; they want to see an increase in specialists, particularly in the fields of gynaecology, urology and ear, nose and throat; and we need more beds to serve the community.
And beyond all that remains the starting point of this anger: It remains unacceptable, in 2019, for the residents of a regional city the size of Bathurst to have to travel to Orange for treatment for a broken arm.
No one seriously expects our hospital to be staffed to the level of a major metropolitan hospital, nor to provide the full gamut of health services and specialties.
But what we're being offered at the moment is not good enough, either.
As this newspaper has previously stated, very few of the complaints we receive regarding the hospital (and presumably it's the same for the action group) relate to the performance of staff.
They are generally applauded for doing a good job, and generally in good humour, under difficult circumstances.
But they, too, need help - and Mr Toole, as our representative, has to be the one to deliver that.
The good news is, it can be done. Every issue on the growing list at Bathurst comes down to a question of funding and the state government seems to have plenty of money to throw about.
The sale of the state's poles and wires and the Snowy windfall has left the government seriously cashed up and this is where the money should be going.
Commit to health, commit the funding, and the community will thank you.