Interview with Dr Tony Joseph, Director of Trauma, RNSh & Senior Staff Specialist, RNSH Emergency Department – November 20, 2014

“North Shore is an iconic hospital. We’re a major referral hospital for trauma, spinal injuries, burns & plastic surgery who serves not just the North Sydney area, but the rest of the State as well.

“To sell off our land for a 99 year lease or permanently just doesn’t make any sense.

“North Shore will only continue to get busier & we will require room to expand & grow into the future.

“This decision will be looked on favourably by future generations.

“We ask the Government to stop the sale of the land now.” – Dr Tony Joseph, Director of Trauma, RNSh & Senior Staff Specialist, RNSH Emergency Department.

See Dr Tony Joseph’s interview on the steps of NSW Parliament House today (November 20, 2014) – Interview with Dr Tony Joseph, Director of Trauma, RNSH & Senior Staff Specialist, RNSH Emergency Department

Interview with Dr Bruce Cooper, Senior Staff Specialist in Nephrology and Hypertension, Head, Department of Renal Medicine, RNSH – November 20, 2014

“We are very concerned that if we sell the land, we won’t be able to grow the future health care needs that this area & this state need to manage our sick & elderly population.

“We are concerned that  the Minister previously said that the land would not be sold, but two months ago we found that the land was going to be sold. Either a complete sale or a 99 year lease.

“We have also been told that if the land was sold, we would get the missing support services, however if the land was not sold, we would miss out on those.” – Dr Bruce Cooper, Senior Staff Specialist in Nephrology and Hypertension, Head, Department of Renal Medicine, RNSH

See Dr Bruce Cooper’s interview on the steps of NSW Parliament House today (November 20, 2014) – Interview with Dr Bruce Cooper, Senior Staff Specialist in Nephrology and Hypertension, Head, Department of Renal Medicine, RNSH

Interview with Dr John Kaye, Greens Member for NSW Parliament – November 20, 2014

“This isn’t just about Clinicians & local community, it’s about all of NSW. This is the major referral hospital for across the state.

“We know that clinical services are evolving with new science & new understandings. To foreclose on any future development of the hospital, by transferring this land to the private sector for 99 years, is a disastrous outcome for NSW.” – Dr John Kaye, Greens Member for NSW Parliament

See Dr John Kaye’s interview on the steps of NSW Parliament House today (November 20, 2014) – Interview with Dr John Kaye, Greens Member for NSW Parliament





MEDIA ALERT – Tabling 12,700-strong ‘People’s petition’ to help save RNSH from land sale – Wed, November 19, 2014

Hard copy petition tally reaches more than 10,000 – November 18, 2014

Our hard copy petition tally count as of noon today is 11,803!

Thanks to your fantastic support, we have reached our goal of 10,000 signatories.

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who have worked tirelessly to #helpsaveRNSH

Final petitions are due by COB today.

Pleaseforward them to The Chair of the RNSH Medical Staff Council,

c/o The Department of Anaesthesia, Royal North Shore Hospital, Reverse Rd,

St Leonards, NSW, 2065.

Our next urgent step is to get our petition tabled in Parliament this week.


RNSH Thermometer

“The land should not be sold whatsoever” – Anthony Roberts MP, 2011 – November 18, 2014

In 2011, The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, the Liberal Member for Lane Cove spoke about the importance of keeping RNSH land in the future.

He called the proposal to sell the land short-sighted & explained that the Coalition’s position was very clear – “The land should not be sold whatsoever”.

In an interview with one of RNSH’s senior doctors in 2011, Mr Roberts lent his voice to our cause.

“Can I tell you, the land sale is stupid and short-sighted. It cannot be allowed to go ahead.

We’ve got to look to the future to make sure that hospital has the ability to expand its services, and the way to expand its services is not selling off valuable land you’ll never get back for commercial interest and short-term gain.

So, I can tell you the Coalition’s position is very clear in this. That land should not be sold whatsoever, and it should be held for future use and future expansion.

It’s so incredibly short-sighted to sell that land. And again, where do you expand the hospital? As services need to be expanded, as capacity needs to be expanded, you need that land. And you are not going to achieve that by selling it off, as you’ll never get it back.”

Well, the current strategy is totally flawed and short-sighted. Royal North Shore Hospital is a hospital that we can be very proud of. It’s a hospital that I’ve visited, and I have to say I am a regular visitor there, particularly with my constituents undertaking operations, and being very well looked after.

It’s something that I think, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere, should and can become a centre for medical excellence. And the only way of doing that, again, is through expanding and supporting it – not through selling land.”

– The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove, Minister for Resources & Energy, Special Minister of State

Rolling the clock forward three years, we re-pose our question “are you remaining true to your word & willing to listen to the concerns of your local constituents in preserving the hospital for future generations, by not divesting our hospitals valuable land?”


Interview with Ted Mack, Mayor of North Sydney, Independent State and Federal Member for North Sydney – November 17, 2014

“One of the most important issues that came out of hospital design in the 1970’s, and I think ever since is the need for hospital’s to have substantial areas of land so that they can be continuously be re-developed, and this is more important in the future, because every hospital has to every 30-40 years, generally have major redevelopment because of changes in medical design of equipment and techniques and buildings. But, you have to have land available in order to build new buildings, in order to demolish old ones.

There are a number of hospitals that haven’t confirmed to this theory, and have paid the penalty.”

Interview with Mayor of Lane Cove, David Brooks-Horn and Former Mayor of Lane Cove, Scott Bennison – November 13, 2014


Join our social media campaign to #helpsaveRNSH – November 10, 2014

Once again the NSW government is trying to sell off part of the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) – specifically zone 8 which in particular, houses much-valued subsidised childcare for RNSH staff.

We are lobbying against the sale of this valuable land in order to guarantee the future of RNSH.

We invite you to join our #helpsaveRNSH social media campaign by following these 3 simple steps:

  1. Take a picture of yourself holding up a sign using the hashtag #helpsaveRNSH
  2. Share the picture on your personal social media channels, tagging your friends and family members and urging them to do the same thing
  3. Ensure you tag NSW Treasurer, The Hon Andrew James Constance MP @AndrewConstance, and NSW Minister for Health, The Hon Jillian Skinner MP @Jillian Skinner MP when leveraging your picture on social media to demonstrate that you care about the future of RNSH.

So why are we running this #helpsaveRNSH campaign? In October, 2014, we discovered an “Expression of Interest” (EOI) had been opened to private developers regarding the sale or long-term lease of part of the southern end of the RNSH campus.

This is despite almost 15,000 people petitioning against this move in 2011.

So marched on NSW Parliament and subsequently saved the hospital land for future generations. Now, we’re being forced to get back in the trenches and do it all again.

If the land in question is divested for private or commercial use, we risk the loss of critical services, such as childcare and subsidised accommodation for families and carers.

Most importantly, the hospital’s ability to grow in the future will be severely restricted.

The EOI was issued without hospital staff, patient or local community consultation.

According to Dr Adam Rehak, Chair, RNSH Medical Staff Council (MSC) and anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthestia and Pain Management, RNSH, “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 well-being of patients who use it.

“It clearly gives no consideration to the current population growth which will soon see the hospital bursting at the seams.”

Please show your support to help save RNSH and ensure your voice is heard, by joining our ‘#helpsaveRNSH’ campaign.

Interview with Dr Anthony Joseph – Nov 10, 2014

“You’ll find that the Lane Cove Council is seeking community input into this development, in this area, yet we’ve got the State Government wanting to sell off an acre of land from the southern campus at Royal North Shore, to put in high rises with no community consultation, it makes you wonder what’s going on in the world really.”

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