Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Medical Staff Council and local residents will stage an urgent meeting tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) to oppose the sale or long-term lease of the hospital’s southern campus.
The Community Forum will be held at 10am at the Kolling Auditorium, RNSH.
RNSH is a major tertiary referral hospital and one of the few national Burns and Trauma Centres, servicing 1-in-17 Australians and 1-in-6 people from NSW. There are currently 5,000 staff within the medical, surgical, nursing, research, allied health and support service departments employed at RNSH.
Dr Adam Rehak, Chair of the MSC, says land previously flagged for health support services is likely to be sold to developers and re-zoned for the construction of commercial office blocks and that the Ministry of Health plans to occupy the newly created office space. This is once the NSW government has recouped approximately $98 million from construction of the new RNSH, planned to be fully operational by December, 2014.
“The intent to sell the land has been deliberately withheld from staff and the local community. This subterfuge is unacceptable and we believe the community needs to be made aware of the planned sale.
“This is a short-term financial solution for the government, but one that has long-term implications for the functionality of the hospital, and the wellbeing of patients who use it,” said Dr Rehak.
“It clearly gives no consideration to the current population growth which will soon see the hospital bursting at the seams.
“Furthermore, having initially been led to believe the land would be used for support services that assist with clinical care delivery, we’ve now been told the Ministry of Health plans to occupy the newly created office space,” Dr Rehak said.
The Community Forum will be held between 10am to 10:45am tomorrow, with doorstop interviews available with RNSH Drs and patients from 10:45am or before the Forum.