- Residents & workers rally to keep their hospitals public
- Calls for Premier to scrap privatisation plans
- Level of care will suffer in Americanised system
The Central Coast community won’t be fooled or tricked into accepting a privatised Wyong Hospital after newly appointed Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he will deliver a ‘first class’ redevelopment for Wyong Hospital in consultation with the community.
“No amount of sugar coating from the Minister will take away from the fact that under a privatised model, profits will come before patient care,” NSWNMA local representative Craig Gross said.
It comes days after Central Coast Community Union Alliance members greeted new Premier Gladys Berejiklian on her visit to the Coast with a stern message that they won’t be backing down on fighting the public-private partnerships.
This was followed with Valentine’s Day rallies in Wyong and Kiama where doctors, nurses, allied and health support workers took a stand to demand the NSW Government abandon their plans.
Kathy, a local Wyong resident told Snapshot she was at the rally after having lived in America and seeing firsthand the devastation caused because of high health costs and limited access.
“The fears are real. People cannot afford to go to the doctor for essential tests that could be the difference between life and death. Why would our government want to go down the American path when it will do nothing but destroy our world class health system and the lives of sick Australians?”
HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the campaign will run right up to the next Election Day. “This sell-off ought to be scrapped. If not they’ll feel it at the ballot box.”