Minister Skinner, NSW Health is looking to sell the best land on your local teaching hospital campus to private developers. What are you doing about it? #helpSaveRNSH
“Despite promising before the election not to cut money for health, the Coalition will dramatically shrink the Commonwealth’s share of hospital funding, cutting its annual contribution by $15billion by 2024, with the deepest cuts beginning in 2017.”
There is currently a proposal to sell the best real estate on the RNS Hospital campus #helpsaveRNSH to provide the capital to fund its redevelopment. A short term plan with complete disregard for the long term health care needs of the community, both within Mr Abbots electorate and throughout the state. The Greiner government sold a similar parcel of land in the 1990’s when Peter Collins was the Health Minister. The sale generated funds that would have run the hospital for only a few months. It would have been the perfect site for the current hospital redevelopment — immediately adjacent to St Leonards station. The current generation of politicians will have incrementally sold off a major teaching hospital campus, to pay the bills. The campus is the result of over 100 years of community effort to create and institution that would provide for our health in the future (2), these efforts have been completely disregarded.
The State government blames the federal governments budgetary cuts, the federal government maintains it is a state responsibility. We have a political system that has failed to serve its community …
- “Federal Budget 2014: Commonwealth to Slash Share of Hospital Funding.” 2015. The Sydney Morning Herald. Accessed February 3. http://www.smh.com.au/business/federal-budget/federal-budget-2014-commonwealth-to-slash-share-of-hospital-funding-20140513-38862.html.
Sherrington, G, and R Vanderfield. 1988. “The Royal North Shore Hospital 1888-1988. A Century of Caring.” In , 60. Horwitz Grahame.
Or is this all just “electronic graffiti” ?
“We’ve never been a country that’s ripped off generations to pay for today. And under my government, we never will.” — If this is the case, why in the Prime Ministers own electorate, is the campus of his communities Teaching/Referral hospital being sold to pay for the hospital redevelopment. The money generated would pay for the operating costs of a major hospital for only a few months. The proposal would sell land that is within 50 m of St Leonards’s railway station. It is one of our community’s most valuable health assets and should not be sold. Its proximity to public transport ensures that the health care services provided by the campus are available to members of the community throughout the state. Once this land is sold it is lost forever.
Swanner, Elizabeth D., Aleksandra M. Mloszewska, Olaf A. Cirpka, Ronny Schoenberg, Kurt O. Konhauser, and Andreas Kappler. 2015. “Modulation of Oxygen Production in Archaean Oceans by Episodes of Fe(II) Toxicity.” Nature Geoscience, January. doi:10.1038/ngeo2327. (See Link)