The announcement on Friday morning that the plans for a public-private partnership (PPP) for Bowral Hospital had been scrapped was met with joy from many parts of the community.
It seems that the state government has listened to what the people of the Highlands want.
And it is not a PPP.
Of course the news that Bowral and District Hospital will remain public is great.
It is a win for the many members of the community and health workers who never gave up and continued to lobby politicians.
Groups like Public Health First must be congratulated for their months of hard work and determination to fight for this community.
Thanks should also go to our local members who worked with the NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard to get this deal off the table.
However, there are some who have expressed concerns about the PPP being scrapped.
Some people believe a PPP could have benefited public patients through a sharing agreement.
Whether this proposal could have been a good thing for public patients or a complete disaster is now a thing of the past.
The scrapping of the PPP was just one small step forward.
The Highlands community needs to continue to fight for more funds for the redevelopment of Bowral Hospital.
Wolllondilly MP Jai Rowell has said since securing the $50 million he would continue to to seek further funds.
But how long will it take?
The amount allocated by the state government is nowhere near enough to adequately update the hospital.
Enough noise has been made by this community about the PPP to make the politicians listen.
Now it is time to continue to make a noise and let those in power know the Highlands community will not give up.
Public Health First has already announced its intentions to fight for more funding for the redevelopment.
They also want an updated Clinical Services Plan to address the latest health issues and utilise the latest data.
If we want the best from our healthcare then we cannot simply sit back and hope for the best. Be a part of the fight for better healthcare and let your voice be heard.