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Local Northern Beaches activists and Labor have launched a petition to keep the new hospital in the area in public hands.

NSW shadow Health minister Dr McDonald slammed the NSW Liberal Government for planning to privatise the new hospital before construction has even commenced.

Despite the opening of the new hospital, there will be no increase in public beds on the Northern beaches. This will put further pressure on waiting lists and waiting times in emergency.

At no stage prior to the 2011 election were these privatisation plans announced.

“I have major concerns about the ability of the private sector to deliver health care to everyone on the northern beaches who need it irrespective of need or ability to pay,” Dr McDonald said.

To get involved in this campaign and connect with the activists on the Northern beaches and the Northern Beaches Community Union Alliance contact Mary Yaager on 040931899

To sign the petition, go to www.nswlabor.org.au/northernbeacheshospital

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