Save Bulli ED Group
Media release : 10 August 2012 Bulli ED 2012/#9
The Save Bulli ED Group formally submitted the community’s six resolutions to Lee Evans, member for Heathcote at his offices in Engadine, on Thursday 9th August.
The six resolutions, which were agreed on at a packed rally of over 500 people in Bulli Masonic Hall, had a strong focus on the community’s demand for the retention of the 24 hour, 7 day a week doctor-led Emergency Department currently operating at Bulli Hospital.
Lee Evans’ response to our representation was to state that, “Bulli is run down and needs a lot of money to bring it up to scratch.”
Convenor of Save Bulli ED Alison Fettell quickly offered her support to Mr Evans’ stating, “We’re on your side, we want to fight with you to get more money for Bulli and its ED”.
“Mr Evans”, she said “ if you could communicate this need to state Health Minister Jillian Skinner, you would have our wholehearted support.” However, Lee Evans was doubtful as to whether he could ask for money. “You are our state member and we expect you to represent our community’s interests,” she urged.
Also in attendance at the meeting, on the invitation of Mr Evans, was Professor King the Chair of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).
When Alison Fettell asked Professor King “if you were to receive dedicated funding to upgrade Bulli ED, will you confirm to us today that you will make that upgrade happen?” The Professor’s response was non committal.
The Save Bulli ED Group were assured, at the meeting, that the service that will be provided at the Bull ED site will be free to the public “I have never ever indicated that it would be anything other than a fully funded public service,” said Professor King.
Professor King also gave ground on opening hours. At a presentation to the community on March 19th this year, ISLHD indicated that their proposed Urgent Care Centre would operate from 8 am to 8 pm. But at yesterday’s meeting, he offered a slightly extended model with opening hours from 7am -10pm. This adds an additional three hours to the original proposal, a small but important win. That leaves only NINE HOURS TO GO to secure a 24 hour service,” said Caroline Colton, co-convenor of Save Bulli ED.
Community Resolutions from July 29 2012 Public Rally at Bulli Masonic Hall
Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Caroline Colton, Co-convenor
Media Stories generated :
The Bulli Times : Evans presented community’s demands on Bulli Hospital
The Bulli Times : No support for Bulli’s ED at this stage : Heathcote MP