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.

 

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“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?”

#helpsaveRNSH

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.”