The NSW Government is seeking to appoint a cashed-up, fat cat bureaucrat to oversee the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital.

The position worth up to $215,000 a year was recently advertised on I work for NSW, a NSW Government job site to oversee each phase of the Hospital’s redevelopment while “…representing the strategic and operational objectives of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) through the health partnership approach to the project.”

Applications for the position closed on Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

This is another step down the road of privatising Shellharbour Hospital following the surprise announced by the former Minister for Health last year.

Since the announcement there has been no community consultation on the Government’s privatisation plan and proposals from the private sector have been kept secret.

In the meantime, Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson today moved a Notice of Motion in the State Parliament calling on the Government to drop the Shellharbour Hospital privatisation and visit the area to discuss the Government’s plan with the community and health stakeholders.


Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“We don’t need more cashed up, fat cat bureaucrats to run the Government’s privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital.

“We need more nurses and doctors and faster access to the emergency department for patients.

“The Government’s privatisation plan for Shellharbour Hospital is still a big secret because the Minister has not made public the expressions of interest received from the private sector.

“The Government is keeping the people in my electorate in the dark about what its privatisation plans mean for health care.

“The only thing we now know is that the Government is looking to pay a fat cat bureaucrat over $200,000 a year to see the Shellharbour Hospital privatised.

“I have called on the Minister to drop his Government’s privatisation plan and to visit Shellharbour Hospital and meet with the local community, and doctors and nurses.

“No-one in this area supports the Government’s privatisation plans for Shellharbour Hospital.”


4 May 2017