Jillian Skinner’s resignation provides an opportunity for the NSW Government to abandon plans to privatise four regional NSW hospitals in Maitland, Wyong, Shellharbour and Bowral. 

The hospital sell off was announced by Jillian Skinner with no warning and zero consultation in September. It lacks credibility because it has not been subject to an appropriate community debate.

Unions NSW Acting Secretary, Thomas Costa, said working people in regional NSW were sick of being taken for granted by the Coalition Government.

"The privatisation of Maitland, Wyong, Shellharbour and Bowral hospitals turns the whole concept of ‘public’ health on its head. Once again, the National and Liberal parties are looking after vested corporate interests rather than the public interest.

“The new health minister ought to march into the Premier’s office and demand that this sell-off be scrapped. Anything less would be selling out the interests of regional NSW

“Any private operator will have to squeeze a profit out of these hospitals. And that profit will inevitably come at the expense of patient care.

“Why should people in Maitland, Wyong, Shellharbour and Bowral be the subject of this great privatisation experiment? Arrogance like this fueled the record swing against the Coalition in the Orange by-election.

“We have already seen what happens when you privatise a regional hospital in Port Macquarie. That was a disaster and led the auditor general to conclude that the public effectively paid twice for the same hospital."

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