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$50 million isn’t good enough

When NSW Health ruled out a PPP for Bowral and District Hospital, Public Health First sought to meet with Jai Rowell MP to better understand his promises to gain additional funding.

We know the budgeted $50M is about one third of what is required to replace all buildings.

And that the $50M doesn’t include the shortfalls in services required by our local community. 

PHF has finally been granted an audience with Jai Rowell, some three and a half months later. 

So PHF went to Bowral markets to listen what people had to say.

They said lots.

265 signatures were obtained; the Health Minister will be receiving some mail shortly.

The funding shortfall and the lack of local renal dialysis capability were key issues.

Our bureaucrats from South West Sydney Local Health District are vigorously opposing the provision of dialysis services at Bowral hospital.

PHF met and chatted with some people new to the Southern Highlands. Including a doctor working in a major Sydney hospital, another a pregnant soon-to-be mum.

Both had visited Bowral and District Hospital and were concerned at the condition and inefficient layout of the buildings.

We say to our politicians: grow a backbone, fund the hospital and tell the bureaucrats to deliver the required services. 

PHF and the local community will continue to make a lot of noise about these issues - not for a day, not for a week but all the way to the next state election.

Edna Carmichael

Public Health First

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