Margaret Stewart, who has been volunteering for Breast Screen, RNSH for the past two years, shares her thoughts on the NSW government’s planned divestment of RNSH.
“I have a passion for RNSH for my dear husband was born at the hospital in 1929.
“I am very much against the sale of RNSH campus land. I’m against privatisation & the NSW government selling off taxpayers’ assets who have contributed to health & the construction of RNSH. The land belongs to RNSH. The government should be exercising more forward thinking to safeguard the hospital’s future.”
Judith Smythe, a gorgeous Pink Ladies volunteer in her 80s, has spent the past 8 years volunteering at RNSH. She works four-times-a-week at the hospital. She has gripes with the current lack of shelter offered to those disembarking from the bus on walking frames, crutches, wheelchairs & heading up the path to RNSH. She is also frustrated with the lack of shelter provided to those heading from the North Shore Private car park to RNSH. In addition, she fields many complaints about the railing along the pathway for people to grip onto that allegedly “gets boiling hot in the heat & slippery in wet weather.”
Her biggest gripe relates to the government’s planned divestment of RNSH’s southern campus. “It’s very narrow-minded. They have given no consideration to the future. We’re an ageing, growing population. Why sell land that will be needed in the future to help prevent & manage illness? It’s senseless, and all for the sake of generating a bit of cash now. It shows absolutely no forward-thinking by the government.” – Judith Smythe, Pink Lady