Maitland Doctors Meet With Minister for Health


On Wednesday, 13 December 2017, ASMOF, and the other health unions, met with NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, to discuss the pitfalls of privatising Maitland Hospital.

Dr Simon Myabathula, Dr Maura McCambridge and Industrial Officer Damien Lee, alongside nurse and allied health colleagues, identified how privatising Maitland Hospital will produce a health care deficit for the patients in the Maitland community.

Our clinicians highlighted the importance of maintaining Maitland as the main referral hospital in the region, noting that if this changes, patients will have to travel extraordinary distances to receive the care they require.

In particular, Mr Lee and Dr McCambridge highlighted the impact privatising the Hospital will have on the training and supervision of Junior Doctors in the area. It was noted that many young Doctors go on to become important GPs for the local region following their training in Maitland Hospital, and provide a vital service to the community. By removing the world-class training our Junior Doctors receive from Maitland Hospital as an accredited training hospital, the impacts will be felt directly by the community.

The Minister was also asked, given Maitland’s community has, on average, 15.5% private health care coverage, with a fully functioning private hospital already in place down the road from the Hospital, how does the new operator propose to maintain surplus without having to cut conditions and entitlements, such as TESL, to our members?

We thank the Minister for meeting with us, and continuing to maintain an open dialogue. We note that he strongly considered the arguments raised by our members.

We are also proud of our Doctors for speaking up to protect our world-class health care system.

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, or contact the ASMOF Office on 9212 6900.