Greens Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has called on the NSW Government to reveal if the proposed new Tweed Hospital will remain public or, be privatised like other hospitals around NSW.
"The Liberal-Nationals relentless march to privatise our hospitals is crippling our public health system across NSW and residents in the Tweed will be next to feel the effects if the Nationals allow a new Tweed Hospital to be run privately" said Dawn Walker.
"I'm calling on the Nationals Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest and NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard to come clean with our community and publicly rule out that a new Tweed Hospital won't be built or operated privately, like is happening across the State in Maitland, the Northern Beaches, Wyong and Shellharbour.
"Privately run hospitals are more expensive, lead to worse patient outcomes and their profit motive puts pressure on cutting costs, such as through shortening stays of very ill or long term patients.
"Where the public-private partnership model has been tried in the past it has failed and led to expensive bailouts by government, including Port Macquarie Base Hospital, where the Auditor-General found that as a privately run hospital, costs were significantly higher than those in similar public hospitals and that elective surgery waiting times were double the State average.
"Publicly run hospitals deliver medical services more efficiently, cheaply and will continue to do complex and costly medical procedures, even when they don't return a profit.
"We need our major hospitals like Tweed to stay publicly run so they are accountable for patient outcomes, not corporate shareholders.
"A privately-run Tweed Hospital would be a terrible outcome for the whole North Coast community and the Greens will fight it every step of the way. The Nationals need to come clean with our community and categorically rule-out privatising Tweed Hospital" said Dawn Walker.
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