Shellharbour Privatisation Debate



As members will recall, on 26 May 2017, ASMOF, and the other health unions, presented Anna Watson MP for Shellharbour with 12,000 signatures from the community opposing the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital.

Yesterday, the debate was held in Parliament before members of the Community who filled the gallery, between the NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, Gareth Ward MP for Kiama and Anna Watson MP for Shellharbour, Paul Scully MP for Wollongong and Ryan Park MP for Keira. The debate was heated. The room filled with the sound of cheers and applause as Anna Watson demanded an answer as to why the Government is still considering privatising Shellharbour Hospital, and why they are being treated differently from Wyong, Goulburn and Bowral.

Community members heard directly from the Leader of the Opposition Party, Luke Foley, who committed to bringing Shellharbour back into public hands, and making Health a key issue throughout the election.

Industrial Officer Damien Lee spoke about the impact privatisation will have on the training and education of our Junior Doctors. He went further, noting, seeing community come together is a reminder of how important it is to act collectively. Taking collective action on these important social justice issues is the hallmark of medical professionalism and strong community action. It is the hallmark of the Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Staff who choose to work in our public hospitals. Those who choose to uphold their core ethical and moral obligations to look out for those most vulnerable.

We are proud of the community, and our Doctors, for taking a stand and speaking up to protect the safe patient care in our world class public health system.

ASMOF and our Doctors will continue to take the fight to the NSW Government, and we look forward to your continued support in defending our great public health system.

If you would like to speak up and get involved in a similar way, please email, or call the ASMOF Office on 9212 6900.