RNSH Medical Staff Council moves motion of no confidence in LHD Board – December 15, 2014

At the latest meeting of the RNSH Medical Staff Council (MSC), a motion of no confidence in the LHD Board was proposed by the clinician representatives of the Master Planning Executive Working Group (MEWG), which was subsequently supported by the Executive of the MSC.

Given the item was not on the meeting’s agenda, a vote could not be held.

The MSC has since scheduled an Extraordinary Meeting for next Monday, December 22 at 5.30pm in the Kolling Auditorium at RNSH.

The meeting has been scheduled for the reasons below. Should the motion stand, we will bring the motion to the attention of the NSW Health Minister.

Please attend the meeting to #helpsaveRNSH and to send a strong, unified message to the NSW Health Minister regarding how we expect Board-related business to be led.

  1. The Board’s failure to disclose the planned divestment of campus land over the entire duration of the campus Master Planning process. This process extended from early 2012 until September 2014 when, without notice or consultation, the “Expression of Interest” (EOI) process for the sale or long-term lease of the Southern Campus land was announced. There is no mention of the sale or long-term lease of land in the Master Plan document which was developed during the campus Master Planning process.
  2.  The Board’s failure to consider the long-term future of the campus in endorsing the sale or long-term lease of the Southern campus land and not providing an opportunity for alternative funding options to be explored.
  3. The Board’s misrepresentation of the views of the clinician representatives on the MEWG to the Minister of Health and to the broader RNSH staff, by implying they either:

             i) supported the proposed sale or long-term lease of Zone 8 of the southern campus, or

             ii)”signed-off” on the divestment by endorsing the campus master plan.

This was clearly not the case as outlined in the letter written by the aforementioned clinician representatives to the Chair of the Board, dated October 10, 2014.

  1. The Board’s failure to acknowledge the concerns of the MEWG clinicians, or that their views had been misrepresented, and to provide a response to the letter described in point 3, above.
  2. The Board’s failure to acknowledge, and take responsibility for, the communication failures around the divestment strategy. This failure was further compounded by the attempt to blame the MEWG clinicians for failing to communicate the details of the Campus Master Plan to the broader nursing and allied health staff – an accusation that was both disrespectful and baseless. 
  3.  The Board’s provision of incorrect information regarding the land divestment. The MEWG clinicians were assured by the Chair of the MEWG that there was no plan to divest campus land. There has been no explanation for why the MEWG was given this incorrect information.