A win for people power in Wyong has resulted in the NSW Government scrapping plans to privatise Wyong Hospital.

Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard MP, has announced that plans to privatise Wyong Hospital have been abandoned, with the NSW Government to fully fund its $200 million redevelopment.

“I applaud the efforts of the Wyong community, who did not take a backward step in demonstrating its fierce opposition to the Government’s plans to privatise their local hospital” said Ms Watson.

“It is now time that the Government abandon its proposal to privatise Shellharbour Hospital and deliver the $251 million upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital, as promised at the 2015 State Election”.

“This sentiment resonates overwhelmingly amongst people in our region, who have time and time again, demonstrated their unwavering opposition to the Government’s privatisation agenda for Shellharbour Hospital”.

“Our community has come out in force since the Government sneakily announced its privatisation plans for Shellharbour Hospital in September 2016. Local community rallies have attracted large numbers, with the most recent meeting held at the Shellharbour Club in June attracting over 300 people”.

A 12,000 signatory petition opposing the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital was also tabled in the NSW Parliament in May, and is due to be debated in the NSW Legislative Assembly on 10 August, 2017.”.

“When will the Minister finally pull his head out of the sand and realise that people power must prevail in this instance. The people of the Illawarra overwhelmingly reject the Government’s privatisation agenda for Shellharbour Hospital and will continue to fight tooth and nail to ensure that their hospital remains publicly owned and operated”.

The time to act is now… I am demanding that the Minister immediately scrap plans to privatise Shellharbour Hospital” said Ms Watson.


6 July 2017