Candlelight Vigil at Shellharbour Hospital



Last night, ASMOF, and the other health unions, attended a candlelight vigil outside the front of Shellharbour Hospital to support the community in their opposition to the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital.

A united crowd sent a clear message to the Government to commit to keeping the hospital public. The event drew bipartisan support from local council candidates, with Liberal, Independent and Labour members attending the vigil to sign pledges that if they are elected, they will lobby the government to protect the Hospital and keep it public.

At the vigil Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation Industrial Officer Damien Lee said private investment had been taken off the table for three other hospitals – Bowral, Goulburn, and Wyong. ‘’Why is Shellharbour any different, why is it taking so long to get an answer?’’ he said.

As stated previously, our major concern is the training of our JMOs will be undermined under a privatised hospital at Shellharbour.

Often, private hospitals utilise contract-based models for doctors, and there is no contractual obligation for consultants to provide training or supervision to junior doctors.

The major teaching hospitals are where the junior doctors are trained – where our senior members take junior doctors under their wing, supervise them and train them to become the future staff specialists in our public and private system.

Our members have a real concern that under a new model the training of junior doctors will be undermined, which puts the future of our doctors that do such a wonderful job at risk, and the patients that require their high quality care.

As always, the Doctors’ Union will continue to campaign for a properly funded public Hospital in Shellharbour which will promote and protect the conditions of our members, ensure that our junior doctors are properly trained, and continues to provide safe patient care.

If you would like to get involved in a similar way, please contact Industrial Officer Damien Lee via, or contact the ASMOF Office on 9212 6900.