Category Archives: Health

Professor Tom Reeve


“I don’t believe the public realises what an enormous resource a hospital like the Royal North Shore is, This place should be coddled and cared for. (1)” #helpSaveRNSH

Tom Reeve was the first Professor of Surgery at RNSH. The photo is of Tom at the Save RNSH rally in 2011.

(1) Boson, Mary. 1989. “Australia’s Surgeons Choose a New Pope.” The Sydney Morning Herald, March 30.,7299657.

Mr Abbott would you sell our teaching hospitals to pay for your budget cuts?

“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 …

  1. “Federal Budget 2014: Commonwealth to Slash Share of Hospital Funding.” 2015. The Sydney Morning Herald. Accessed February 3.
  2. Sherrington, G, and R Vanderfield. 1988. “The Royal North Shore Hospital 1888-1988. A Century of Caring.” In , 60. Horwitz Grahame.

We’ve never been a country that’s ripped off generations to pay for today …

“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.


“Prime Minister – Address to the National Press Club.” 2015. Liberal Party of Australia. Accessed February 2.

Stephen Hawking: NHS Is Britain’s Finest Public Service and Must Be Preserved from Commercial Interests.

Australian politicians are just as bad. The Prime Minister (Tony Abbot), Treasurer (Joe Hocking), NSW Premier (Mike Baird), NSW Health Minister (Jillian Skinner), are allowing their communities major referral hospitals campus to be sold to commercial interests ( A short term financial gain, that would pay for the  operating costs of a major teaching hospital for only a few months.  The hospital campus will need to provide for the health care of our community for centuries to come.  What if our parents had sold all the community’s assets to look after themselves?  It’s time to speak to your local politician and get them to understand that either they act in the best interest of the community or they step aside in favour of someone who will.  Mr Abbott needs to understand that the strongly held views of the community and are not just “electronic graffiti”GregPurcellEmail
Cooper, Charlie. 2015. “Stephen Hawking: NHS Is Britain’s Finest Public Service and Must Be Preserved from Commercial Interests.” The Independent. Accessed February 2.

How to Measure a Medical Treatment’s Potential for Harm


Carroll, Aaron E., and Austin Frakt. 2015. “How to Measure a Medical Treatment’s Potential for Harm.” The New York Times, February 2.

Green space, urbanity, and health: how strong is the relation?

“This research shows that the percentage of green space in people’s living environment has a positive association with the perceived general health of residents. Green space seems to be more than just a luxury … ” (See Link)


Help SaveRNSH – YOU CAN HelpSaveRNSH

Please consider making an appointment to meet with your local politician. It is DIFFICULT to understand how, in a democracy, our political representatives have become so out of touch with the wishes of their constituents. Ask them to review the thousands of comments on our page and consider “liking”  Help Save Royal North Shore Hospital – RNSH — thanks #helpSaveRNSH,


Help SaveRNSH – For a century

For a century RNS has been looking after families from all across the state. It is a referral centre for 1:6 of the NSW population. They are proposing to sell our best land. Within 50 metres of rail infrastructure. Once the land is sold it is lost forever … ‪#‎helpSaveRNSH‬

Help SaveRNSH – The CSB

The Clinical Services Building was built because the original hospital redevelopment was inadequate, with too few beds and inadequate provision for essential services. The only reason it COULD be built was because the original decision to sell 30% of the campus was reversed. The CSB was built on land that was originally planned to be sold. NSW Health does not seem to have learnt from this mistake, and is planning to divest some of our most valueable land. Land that is within 50 meters of the rail link, and thus immediately accessible to patients travelling to the campus from throughout the state. There is no shortage of office space in Sydney, there is a shortage of land that provides such excellent access to tertiary referral services for patients. (See Facebook comments)


Help SaveRNSH

Metropolitan Sydney is likely to resemble Shanghai/New York in 5-10 yrs time, the technology to build affordable very high density residential accommodation is now available and it is changing the face of the city. We need to retain RNSH campus land, it is a vital part of the infrastructure that will support that growth. If NSW Health thinks we can manage with a smaller campus, they are wrong. Perhaps, they should look at what has happened to the POWH campus in the last 20 years, and remember that the campus will need to serve the community for centuries … not just decades.

* This article in the NYT makes interesting reading.  

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