The public will be shortchanged with inferior health outcomes, thanks to the NSW Government’s decision to privatise the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest.

Unions NSW has slammed the decision to award a contract to run the hospital to the private operator, Healthscope.

“Healthcare is one area that must remain in public hands,” Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said.

“Nothing is more important than health and wellbeing. The market has been a proven failure when it comes to health and hospitals.

“It’s mystifying that the Government is proceeding with such a wrong headed strategy. Clearly, the Liberals are more interested in looking after the business community than they are in looking after patients.”

“The last time a NSW Government experimented with privatising a hospital at Port Macquarie it was an abject failure.

“Clearly this Government has not learned from history.”

Further comment: Mark Lennon 0427 231 800

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