Save Bulli ED Group
Media release : For immediate release – 24 May 2012 Bulli ED 2012/#3
Residents went head-to-head with health administrators today over the future of Bulli Hospital. At the public forum organised by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), residents again and again asked for clarification on the future of the Bulli Hospital Emergency Department.
Under pressure of questioning from the floor, the Director of Operations, Michelle Noort, finally admitted that the Bulli Emergency Department was already downgraded to an urgent care centre in the minds of local health bureaucrats. The only question in the minds of ISLHD was what model of urgent care centre would be implemented.
Residents were astounded at the admission and the discovery that the ISLHD was already not funding Bulli ED at the level of its standing in the NSW Health network, which is that of a Level 2 Emergency Department.
They also questioned the assumption that the hospital was an “asset” of the ISLHD, which could be “redeployed” at will.
“In our minds, this is a community asset,” said Alison Fettell, Convenor of the Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Group (Save Bulli ED Group). “The community built this hospital. Local people contributed the land and the money for buildings and equipment. Miners and other workers, community members and local employers paid a subscription to cover the salaries of the doctors and nurses in its earlier years.”
Michelle Noort promised that any urgent care centre would be free to the public.
“We acknowledge that assurance, but we still believe a fully functioning Bulli Hospital Emergency Department, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is essential to this area,” said Alison. “We have been offered a meeting with ISLHD next week, and we will take that opportunity to ask some more questions.”
Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor,
Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor,