2014 Campus Plan Update

2014 Campus Plan Update

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE for those unable to access a hard copy petition easily due to geography.

Hard copy petition, however, fulfils NSW parliamentary criteria and is the petition of preference. DOWNLOAD HARD COPY PETITION HERE.

In 2011, RNSH staff, patients and relatives marched on NSW parliament and delivered a petition to the current Liberal Government with 14,962 signatures with a remit of three requests:

savernsh march 1– no sale of hospital land,

– an increase in acute hospital beds, and

– location of displaced services such as childcare, patient and relative accommodation.

Following the campaign the newly appointed NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced there would be a ” freeze on land sale until a campus plan at Royal North Shore Hospital had been developed” and that 60 acute hospital beds would become available following the opening of the Clinical Services Building in 2014.

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A Master Executive Working Group was therefore established by the hospital board that comprised hospital executive and board members, architects and senior medical staff. Of note, no allied health, nursing nor patient representative groups were included. During these meetings land sale/divestment was never directly discussed. Hence in September 2014, all hospital staff (including senior medical staff) were surprised to discover the NSW Government is leading an “expression of interest ” to developers regarding the redevelopment for Zone 8 at the front of the hospital near St Leonard’s Station and this should include the support services needed by the hospital such as childcare and patient/relative accommodation.

This area comprises approximately 1 hectare of land.

zine 8It is proposed either for sale or a lengthy lease thereby taking control of the land away from hospital staff and the community. This is despite staff and patients marching on NSW parliament and the 14,962 people who signed the petition in 2011.  None of these individuals have been consulted prior to the decision to release an expression of interest for land divestment.

What does Land Sale Mean?

The plan to sell-off RNSH land is a short-sighted, revenue-raising venture by the State Government that will stymie the future of healthcare in the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). As Emergency Department presentations increase each year and as the population ages, campus retraction defies the projected needs regarding acute and sub acute health care for all patients in the NSLHD Catchment Area. RNSH delivers health care beyond NSLHD boundaries with specialty services such as spinal and burns care. Hence this decision affects all NSW individuals beyond the Lower North Shore of Sydney. If you or a relative have a spinal injury you may need to access Royal North Shore Hospital and access its accommodation services. (See SMH Article May 2014).

The sold/divested land will house a  development that is hoped to house a number of services including childcare, relative, staff accommodation and the Ministry of Health. Through the “Expression of Interest” process these services are at risk of becoming privately operated which will not be of benefit to staff (subsidised childcare at the hospital is better than current private rates) or patients and relatives (accommodation for those who need to be near the hospital is expensive given the location on the Lower North Shore).

How can you help?

About RNS

Royal North Shore Hospital is a teaching/referral hospital, which provides services to approximately 1 in 20 of the Australian population, in addition to its role as a local hospital in Northern Sydney. Its activities include a state-wide referral service for patients with spinal injuries and burns (for more details see this link).