Health Minister Jillian Skinner seeking money from the sale of Royal North Shore Hospital land to recoup costs of hospital redevelopment – October 28, 2014

Health Minister Jillian Skinner seeking money from the sale of Royal North Shore Hospital land to recoup costs of hospital redevelopment

Dr John Vandervord speaking at a public forum last Thursday.

Dr John Vandervord speaking at a public forum last Thursday.

The State Government is seeking $97 million from Royal North Shore Hospital to recoup some of the cost of the hospital’s recent redevelopment.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the plan to sell or provide a 99-year lease for the hospitals’ southern campus was to fund some of the cost involved in the redevelopment, which included the acute services building opened in December 2012.

The Kolling Institute auditorium was full for a public meeting on the sale or long term l

The Kolling Institute auditorium was full for a public meeting on the sale or long term lease of the southern campus of Royal North Shore Hospital.

Senior emergency department worker Dr Justin Bowra said it was a “ridiculous” funding method.

“If the State Government is short of money, this is not what hospitals are about,” he said.

“Hospitals are there for the benefit of the community and chopping off the hospital bit by bit is going to kill the hospital stone dead.”

“Would you sell your backyard to pay one month’s worth of household bills?”.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Jillian Skinner said a plan to part-fund the hospital redevelopment through a land sale was approved in 2006.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner speaks to Royal North Shore Hospital staff as they march

Health Minister Jillian Skinner speaks to Royal North Shore Hospital staff as they march from Hyde Park to Parliament House in 2011 to protest against the sale of hospital land.

The decision provide unpopular among hospital staff, who mounted a campaign against the plan, culminating in a rally at Parliament House.

Minister Skinner then placed a moratorium on the sale or lease of the site until the revised master plan was completed.

“The NSW Government has funded the project cost to date and is now recovering the

sales proceeds as intended in the original government decision,” the minister’s spokeswoman said.

“The sales proceeds will be applied to rebuilding hospitals in NSW.”

 

Senior surgeon Dr John Vandervord said the funding method was “unusual”.

“I think it’s unusual for Treasury to be asking for money back from a hospital,” he said.

“The expressions of interest process was a surprise to use we weren’t consulted and were unable to see the paperwork done related to the decision.”

Royal North Shore Hospital senior doctors John Vandervord, Tony Joseph and Adam Rehak.

Royal North Shore Hospital senior doctors John Vandervord, Tony Joseph and Adam Rehak.

Meanwhile details on plans to develop the hospital’s southern campus have emerged, revealing two buildings on separate lots are being offered.

The details were revealed at a public meeting on the issue, held last Thursday at the hospital.

A building for commercial uses has been earmarked for the larger site fronting Reserve Rd with views to Gore Hill Oval.

The southern campus of Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards.

The southern campus of Royal North Shore Hospital in St Leonards.

A building of third of the size has been planned for the smaller site fronting Herbert St, containing a mix of commercial and hospital-related uses such as staff, patient and carer accommodation and a child care centre.

Carparking is planned to be included in both buildings.

The expressions of interest process has now been extended to close on November 20.

Details

The expressions of interest offer was for two buildings on separate parcels of hospital land:

■ Land fronting Reserve Rd: 4,725sq m of land for a commercial building and car parking with 34,700sq m of floor space

■ Land fronting Herbert St: 3,389sq m of land for a mixed use building with carparking, commercial and health-related uses in 11,645sq m of floor space

ABC News Video – Senior doctors have spoken out over plans to privatise part of the Royal North Shore Hospital

Community Forum Media Kit – Media Invite, Media Alert & Media Release – October 23, 2014

MEDIA INVITE – SAVE RNSH FROM SALE OR LONG-TERM LEASE – THURS, OCT, 23 2014

MEDIA ALERT – SAVE RNSH FROM SALE OR LONG-TERM LEASE – THURS, OCT 23, 2014

RNSH staff & community uniting against divestment of hospital land – THURS, OCT 23, 2014

Community Forum Media Kit – Patient & Supporter Profiles – October 23, 2014

PROFILE – Dr Linda Samera

PROFILE – Frank, 51, Glen Alpine

PROFILE – Peter Watts, RNSH patient burns unit

PROFILE – Joy Stephen – RNSH Pink Ladies

PROFILE – Mr Jim Sanderson, Independent Candidate for Lane Cove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Forum Media Kit – Doctor Profiles – October 23, 2014

PROFILE – Dr Adam Rehak

PROFILE – Dr Tony Joseph

PROFILE – Dr John Vandervord

Profile – Dr Bruce Cooper

PROFILE – Dr Stella McGinn

PROFILE – Dr Justin Bowra

 

 

 

Meeting Tomorrow to save RNSH from sale or long-term land lease

SaveRNSH Cmty Forum-A3Poster[1]Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Medical Staff Council and local residents will stage an urgent meeting tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) to oppose the sale or long-term lease of the hospital’s southern campus.

The Community Forum will be held at 10am at the Kolling Auditorium, RNSH.

RNSH is a major tertiary referral hospital and one of the few national Burns and Trauma Centres, servicing 1-in-17 Australians and 1-in-6 people from NSW. There are currently 5,000 staff within the medical, surgical, nursing, research, allied health and support service departments employed at RNSH.

Dr Adam Rehak, Chair of the MSC, says land previously flagged for health support services is likely to be sold to developers and re-zoned for the construction of commercial office blocks and that the Ministry of Health plans to occupy the newly created office space. This is once the NSW government has recouped approximately $98 million from construction of the new RNSH, planned to be fully operational by December, 2014.

“The intent to sell the land has been deliberately withheld from staff and the local community. This subterfuge is unacceptable and we believe the community needs to be made aware of the planned sale.

“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 wellbeing of patients who use it,” said Dr Rehak.

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

“Furthermore, having initially been led to believe the land would be used for support services that assist with clinical care delivery, we’ve now been told the Ministry of Health plans to occupy the newly created office space,” Dr Rehak said.

The Community Forum will be held between 10am to 10:45am tomorrow, with doorstop interviews available with RNSH Drs and patients from 10:45am or before the Forum.

Help Save RNSH – Attend Our Community Forum – Thursday, October 23, 2014

SaveRNSH Cmty Forum-A3Poster[1]

Help save RNSH

RNSH southern campus under threat again from sale or long-term lease

In 2011, in response to a massive outcry of community anger with a written petition of nearly 15,000 signatures and a march on Parliament by staff, patients and relatives, the Minister of Health announced a moratorium on the sale of Royal North Shore Hospital land. However in 2014, it seems that now the lure of quick money from a land sale is again too great. 

From recent press releases it appears that the “moratorium” has been lifted. It appears that with Sydney’s current property boom, an expression of interest has been expedited to sell/lease land at the front of the hospital and thereby allow private developers to build nearly 25,000m2 of office space. The staff and community have not been consulted with respect to use of this land and it appears it is not for the direct commercial benefit of the hospital, its staff and patients. It  should be rejected outright.

Royal North Shore Hospital is a major teaching hospital that trains future doctors, nurses and other health professionals. It serves 1 in 17 of the Australian population. Following the move to the new hospital in 2012, the hospital has regained the confidence of the community. Consequently it is currently experiencing unprecedented increases, year-on-year, in emergency department presentations and hospital admissions. If this campus land is lost, the ability of Royal North Shore Hospital to grow and develop to meet this increasing patient demand is lost, it also jeopardises its ability to remain a centre of teaching excellence and still a number of displaced services through the rebuild remain uncertain in their future with respect to whether they will be privately operated for example childcare and relative accommodation.

You can oppose this sale by telling the NSW Premier, The Hon. Mike Baird MP, that misuse of community land is not good enough.

To voice your opposition to the sale or long-term lease of the RNSH southern campus, please:

a. Sign our 2 petitions:

  1. Download, sign & pass on our hard copy petition for presentation to the NSW Lower House.
  2. Sign & share our online petition.

b. Write to your local NSW Member of Parliament.

c. Volunteer for our campaign: savernsh@gmail.com

 

 

 

Ensure your voice is heard.

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