Let’s Celebrate: Shellharbour to Stay Public


The Doctors’ Union (ASMOF) members in Shellharbour and Port Kembla are celebrating this weekend following the announcement Shellharbour Hospital will remain a public health service.

The announcement includes confirmation that the hospital will continue to receive $251 million for the redevelopment.

As members will recall, doctors, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals and the community have been campaigning tirelessly to since September 15, 2016 following then NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, surprise announcement that Shellharbour, along with Wyong, Goulburn, Maitland and Bowral were scheduled to be privatised.

This announcement is a victory for the community and health workers of ISLHD. More importantly, it is confirmation of the power of collective action when workers and the community stand together to fight for the public health service they deserve.

To celebrate this amazing victory in Shellharbour, the Health Unions are organising a celebration this weekend, Sunday 12 November 12:30pm at the Warilla Surf Club.

Executive Director of The Doctors’ Union, Andrew Holland, said the Doctors in Shellharbour, Wyong, Goulburn and Bowral have made it clear to the Government they will not accept any model that offers sub-standard care for their patients. This includes any public private partnership or not-for-profit model.

“Our members have been fighting this Government’s proposed model that puts the training and supervision of our junior doctors, the professional development of the staff specialists, and ultimately the care received by the community, at risk”

“The Doctors’ Union calls on the NSW Health Minister to review the proposed not-for-profit model offered in Maitland, and make the right decision - keep the hospital public and stop treating our Doctors and the community members as second class citizens”.

The Doctors’ Union will continue to campaign for a properly funded public Hospitals across NSW which promote and protect the conditions of our members, ensure that our junior doctors are properly trained, and continue to provide safe patient care.

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