ISLHD Doctors Call Out New Premier of NSW




As members are aware, the fight against the privatisation of our public health system continues. The resignation of Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner has opened up new opportunities for consultation on the privatisation agenda. The new Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has stated that she commits to govern for all people in NSW. This was something Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner failed to do. They faced extreme scrutiny for not consulting with communities affected by their unilateral decisions, which no doubt led to their downfall.

This morning our Doctors in ISLHD wrote a letter calling on the new Premier, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Local MP Gareth Ward to meet with them and discuss the impacts of the proposed Public Private Partnership at Shellharbour Hospital.

Addressing the gravity of the impacts to patients, the Doctors note:

“One of the most urgent issues that Ms Berejiklian must confront is the misguided decision to privatise regional hospitals, including Shellharbour and Port Kembla Public Hospitals. Handing control of these vital community assets to a private operator will compromise the level of care provided to patients, and put more pressure on the already-stretched Wollongong Hospital…


We are extremely concerned that elderly, disabled and psychiatric inpatients will be discharged prematurely in order to maximize profits. We are also concerned that outpatient services such as cardiology, respiratory, plastic surgery, endocrinology, dialysis, rehabilitation and palliative care will be adversely affected”.

In addition to this letter, our Doctors are calling on other MPs from various parties to meet with them on February 22 at Parliament House. It is imperative that these MPs make time to listen to the concerns raised by Doctors, not only as employees within these Hospitals, but by the professionals whose ability to provide safe patient care will be jeopardised if this privatisation goes ahead.

We applaud the actions taken by our Doctors, and implore the Premier and others to meet with them.

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

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