MHR advised to stay home

ANITA McINNESSound Telegraph

Brand MHR Gary Gray who was hospitalized after taking ill during a trip to the Kimberley says he will seek further medical advice on his condition.

Picture by Nathan Dyer: Federal Labor MP Gary Gray talks with Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls at Kununurra last week

A media spokesman said Mr Gray was expected back in Perth on Monday and had been advised by medical staff not to attend Parliament in Canberra this week.

The spokesman said during a funeral service Mr Gray had felt dizzy and thirsty before fainting.

But he was now in “rest and recovery mode'' and felt “absolutely fine.

“However, clearly I have to do some more work on my private health, watch my diet and exercise,'' Mr Gray said.

He has been granted a Parliamentary pair by the Opposition as the Federal Government was expected to introduce its carbon tax legislation this week.

His visit to the Kimberley on Thursday was his third to the area this year.

While in Kununurra he decided to attend the funeral in Fitzroy Crossing of Labor Party supporter Peter Ross.

He said he was very good mates with Peter's son Joe so he took time out of his schedule and arranged to fly there.

But on Saturday, at the funeral and during the Requiem Mass, he felt unwell.

When he got up to get a glass of water he passed out but was quickly attended to by a nurse and a medical orderly.

He was taken to Fitzroy Hospital where he spent the night before being released the next day.

Despite his ordeal he still had his sense of humour joking that the Fitzroy Hospital was ``an excellent Labor achievement, with very good doctors and very good nurses''.

He said he also wanted to thank ``everyone who has been in touch (and) that I appreciate their care and concern''.

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