Save Bulli ED Group
Media release : 31 July 2012 Bulli ED 2012/#8
Well there’s no doubt that last Sunday’s Public Rally to Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department has clearly staked out a public mandate for its continued existence.
“It was so inspiring to see so many people, even hundreds of people turn out to Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department,” stated SaveBulliED Convenor Alison Fettell, “early on we had hoped to get even 50 people in winter – but to get over 500 was fantastic!”
In fact people had started to queue up over 30 minutes before the rally was due to kick off. Some brought their own signs and photographs to show what Bulli Hospital and its Emergency Department meant to them. And they came in wheelchairs, on walking frames, walking sticks, on motorized scooters and in prams. While many were elderly, there were young parents with their babies too. Many shared heartfelt stories during the rally of how their own lives, and their loved ones, had been saved by the dedicated and hardworking staff at Bulli Hospital ED.
Various speakers presented the case for the existence of a Public Hospital Emergency Department at Bulli. A key issue was the ISLHD’s Urgent Care Centre based on USA models which ISLHD head Professor Denis King presented at earlier public meetings. At this meeting, Professor King faced a largely hostile and unreceptive audience.
“Our Co-Convenor Caroline Colton had maps showing the almost toatla lack the community dumbstruck as she showed video footage of the USA Health System for the poor – in virtual ‘cattle pens’ at sport stadiums,” explained Ms Fettell, “not to mention her maps showing the almost total lack of after- hours health resources in the northern suburbs under an Urgent Care Centre model concept.”
The community knew that all too often the one rostered northern Ambulance is down in Wollongong and not actually in the North. So claims by Health bureaucrats of a 10 minute trip to Wollongong ED down the Northern Distributor was considered totally spurious and ingenous.
Four resolutions were put to the community – and the community added on another couple (see attached). But the key message from the Community was they wanted to see Bulli Emergency Department kept open 24 hours day, 365 days a year without charge.
Now the Community is set to take the fight to politicians at all levels of Government : Federal, State and Local. The 10,000 signature petition for Bulli Hospital, taken up by Keira MP Ryan Park, is due to be debated in the NSW Parliament on August 16 2012 (approximately 4pm).
“They will hear us Roar!” emphasized Ms Fettell, “And we will not be silenced.”
The community at the Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Rally (Save Bulli ED) held on 29th July 2012 resolved that:
1. The following model be endorsed as the community’s preferred model of care for the Bulli Emergency Department situated in Hospital Road Bulli:
2. We demand that the model endorsed by the community in resolution one be adopted by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and that a dedicated recurrent budget be made available by current and future governments to sufficiently resource (including doctors and nurses) this model.
3. A community-based board be re-established to oversee the running of Bulli Hospital and the Bulli Hospital Emergency Department
4. The Consumer Advisory Committee for Bulli Hospital be reinvigorated and their terms of reference strengthened to allow for greater input into decisions made regarding service provision and patient care at Bulli Hospital.
5. The Bulli District Hospital, including its Emergency Department, be refurbished or rebuilt whilst maintaining or upgrading all services.
6. Everyone present at the Rally today commits to continued action by spreading the word via all avenues open to them regarding the need to keep Bulli Emergency Department open 24 x7, and to support further action to ensure all levels of government heed and respond favourably to the resolutions agreed on by the community today.
Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor