Category Archives: SaveRNSH

Minister Skinner, why are you selling our land?



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“Specialist centres, rather than having many general hospitals have the benefit of improving the quality of care where there is sufficient demand for services. Centres of excellence have greater capacity to attract a critical mass of specialist clinicians, facilitate high standards of training and invest in advanced specialty equipment. (1)”

Minister Skinner, why are you selling our land? (2) Have you seen this report? (1) ‪#‎helpSaveRNSH‬

(1) Coopers, Price Waterhouse. 2012. NSW Infrastructure. Health Infrastructure Baseline Report. Infrastructure New South Wales.…/pwc_insw_health_base….
(2) “EOI for Purchase (Freehold/Leasehold) of RNSH Masterplan Land.” 2015. Government Property NSW.….

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.

Mr Abbot, are you listening to your local community?

Or is this all just “electronic graffiti” ?


“No, Tony Abbott, You Can’t Dismiss Social Media as ‘Electronic Graffiti.’” 2015. The Conversation. Accessed February 3.

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.

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 – An Army of Caring People

For decades RNSH has trained the health professionals whose skills current and future generations rely on. Paramedics, Nurses, Chaplains, Medical Students, Social workers, Medical Specialists, Physiotherapists … AN ARMY OF CARING PEOPLE working throughout the state have trained at RNS. We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world … we should not be selling our hospitals to balance the State Governments Budget. There needs to be proper financial planning and a long term vision, that takes into account the best interests of current and future generations … # 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)