Our medical rebellion

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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THE MEDICAL MOVEMENT: A range of NSW union members came together to fight against the closure of Bourke St Health Service and the privatisation of Goulburn’s hospital at Belmore Park. PHOTO: Ainsleigh Sheridan. Goulburn’s health sector is going through a storm.In the past monthjob insecurity,union action and the closure of Bourke St Health Servicehas transformed Goulburn’s health system into a grueling battle ground. With so manyplayers and just as many questions it’s time to look back at how this all started.

Skinner’s visitIn March 2015 Goulburn welcomedthe arrival of NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner and her announcement of the$120 million major redevelopment for Goulburn Hospital.The proposed upgrade included: fit-for-purpose infrastructure, an upgrade to the emergency department,intensive care units andinpatient services plus comprehensive ambulatory care service. Skinner referredto the proposal as a “significant investment” which will deliver “first class care” for patients. With one condition:funding would only go through if Mike Baird was re-elected.

Play for votesFormer Mayor Geoff Kettlesaid the changes were“long overdue [and] a very anticipated announcement”. MP Angus Taylor congratulatedMs Goward and said the entire region would benefit. “This clearly demonstrates the coalition governments, at a state and federal level, are committed to regional communities,” Mr Taylor said. “Infrastructure is vital [for] growth and job creation in our region”. But rival candidate Ursula Stephens said Ms Goward’s announcement was motivated by “desperation”. In a statement sent to the Post Ms Stephens identifieda correlation between Ms Goward’s less-than-impressive weekend results and the proposed funding.

Honey-moon endsOne week after the proposal and questions were raised aboutthe accuracy and constraints of development. There is a “major deficit” of space for Goulburn Hospital to deliver range of ambulatory clinics. Southern NSW Local Health district said they were not briefed about the government’s funding commitment. Ms Goward revealed she had known about the funding promise but declined to say for how long. She saidhospital development could cost moreand it wasn’t smart to “lock out other options.”

NSWNMA Jane Cotter Working togetherMs Skinner announceda public-private partnership on September 15, 2016. Expressions of Interest (EOI) from non government hospital operators will be called to deliver redevelopments. “Redevelopments will be delivered faster bycombining the strength and experience of the public sector and the innovation and efficiency of non-government hospital operators,” she said. Thechange is expected to cater to more than 1,000 additional staff. NSW Nurse’s Union General Secretary Brett Holmes is “very concerned” for staff at Goulburn hospital. Mr Holmes saidMr Baird’s decision to terminate the redundancy entitlements of key public servants who are transferred to the non-government sector should be brought to attention. “Skinner stipulated that only permanent staff will be offered a position,” Mr Holmes said. “Provided an equivalent jobexists.”

Unions fearsAnger surrounding the public-private partnership trickles into multiple union rooms across NSW. The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) are “appalled” at the State Government. Mr Holmes asks if the government is “effectively selling public hospitals”. Union’s begin to campaign against privatisation.Goulburn hospital workers are offered a two-year employment guarantee but have no room to negotiate. Unions fear for the community.

Perfect timingThree years ago Sophie and Wal Ashton built theBradfordville Health Hub in Goulburn with no idea Goulburn Hospital would become so unstable.The father and daughter want their hub to be a part of the public-private partnership bid. A financier/ developer reportedly offered to invest up to $500 million into the Hub and will lodge a submission to the State Government by October 14. “They see this as an opportunity to invest in health,” Ms Ashton said. “They perceive Goulburn as well located and affordable.”The Ashton’s revealedto have known aboutthe State Government’s decisionto partially privatise Goulburn Hospital five months ago.

‘Member against Goulburn’Amidst privatisingGoulburn Hospital, health workers are informed Bourke St Health Service will close at the end of 2017, with some changes taking place before the set date.Health unions and the public rally against the closure and partialprivatisation. “We’re like rabbits in headlights,”NSWNMA Jane Cotter said. “There was no warning.” Ms Goward said the decision will not result in job losses or service cuts. Ms Stephens calledon Ms Goward to stand up and referredto the closure as a massive breach of trust. “It says she has not guts to stand up for the people she represents. I call her the member against Goulburn.”

The battleAn emergency meeting betweenThe Health Services Union, NSWNMA, NSW union and members from the teachers and transport union was called on September 26. Unions planto march to Belmore Parkatthe end of October. Over 1000 people have signed NSWNMA’spetition with plans for more protests on the agenda. “It’s distressing for current patients utilising hospital services,” President of the Goulburn NSWNMA Mary Walker said. Cutsto the NSW Paramedics Death and Disability Scheme has resulted in Goulburn paramedics fighting back. Health Union Delegate Southern Councillor Mick Grayson said cuts are due to an increase ininsurance costs because of injury. Goulburn paramedicshave written slogans despite warnings from the Industrial Relations Commission.


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