Save Bulli ED Group
Media release : 14 August 2012 Bulli ED 2012/#10
“You tell them, Ryan! – Bulli Emergency Department must be saved!”
On Thursday 16 August at 3:30 pm, Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Group (Save Bulli ED Group) will be on the spot in NSW State Parliament, protesting outside and then watching closely as the debate on the future of Bulli Hospital unfolds.
The debate in the lower house was instigated by Ryan Park, member for Keira, who gathered 10,000 signatures from concerned residents in support of increased funding.
“I don’t know if they’ll let us show our Save Bulli ED placards in Parliament,” said Alison Fettell, Save Bulli ED Convenor, “but we’ll be there in the public gallery, urging our politicians to LISTEN to the community on this issue!”
Over the last week more reports have emerged about the great need for a fully functioning Emergency Department at Bulli Hospital. There have been heart-wrenching stories about major incidents up in the north that required immediate life saving care, as well as reports about the life-threatening bottle neck that is Wollongong Emergency Department.
“The community in the northern Illawarra has the Bulli Emergency Department that is capable of saving lives and taking the burden off Wollongong. Why should we lose this essential service?” said Ms Fettell. “We will continue to fight to ensure this service is maintained to an appropriate level and kept open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” she said.
The Save Bulli ED Group is making representations to all level of government and across all political persuasions in the hope that common sense prevails. “Our meeting with our elected representative Lee Evans was disappointing,” said Ms Fettell. “He would not commit himself to supporting his southern constituents on this critical issue.”
Representatives of the Save Bulli ED Group will protest on the steps of State Parliament at 3.30 pm on Thursday 16 August to make their voices heard before Ryan Park has his debate on Bulli Hospital on the floor of Parliament at 4 pm.
“All residents are welcome to join us on the steps of Parliament.” Alison said.
Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor
Note – 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 at Bulli Hospital.
Media Stories generated :
Illawarra Mercury : The fight for Bulli’s after hours heats up
Illawarra Mercury : Family in plea to save Bulli Hospital
Illawarra Mercury : What’s next in battle for Bulli ED?
Wave FM News : Skinner a no-show for Bulli Hospital debate
The Bulli Times : Battle for Bulli Hospital goes to Macquarie St