AM, MD, MSc, FRACP
Dr Danny Stiel is a staff specialist gastroenterologist and clinical director of the Division of Medicine and Aged Care at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is also Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.
Dr Stiel has a long association with RNSH. He began working at the hospital in 1970 as a medical student. He is one of four family members to have worked as doctors at RNSH over the past 50 years.
Dr Stiel is passionate about the hospital’s long-term future as a major teaching and research centre, as well as serving the clinical needs of the local community on the lower North Shore and a referral base for highly specialised services for all of NSW.
Dr Stiel’s perspective on the redevelopment of RNSH
This is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to create an outstanding hospital for Northern Sydney and the citizens of NSW and beyond. There is much to be proud of with this redevelopment, but it would be catastrophic to stumble at the final hurdle.
- Short-changing the community on bed numbers, as proposed, will result in bed gridlock virtually from the date of opening of the new facility in less than two years time.
- Selling off the surrounding public land to the private sector will consign the hospital to a bleak, land-locked future.
- We must not let short-term thinking compromise the safety of patients in such key areas as maternity, neonatal care and mental health.
We therefore beseech the State Government to show leadership and allow this redevelopment to be a showpiece for what NSW can deliver in quality health care. Urgent action is needed, but there is just enough time to get this right.
Dr Stiel’s perspective on medical and aged care patients in relation to the redevelopment
As Clinical Director of the Division of Medicine and Aged Care, I am acutely aware of the increasing number of patients with complex medical diseases, who are often elderly and unable to be treated at home. These patients frequently require emergency treatment and admission to an already overcrowded hospital. This situation will inevitably escalate unless we provide adequate beds and allocate sufficient land for future expansion of the hospital.