Full transcript of August 16 2012 NSW Parliament Hansard including Bulli Hospital

Fighting for Bulli Hospital Emergency Department at NSW Parliament House with Ryan Park MP for Keira

Full transcript of August 16 2012 NSW Parliamentary Hansard including Bulli Hospital upgrade debate in NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly : http://t.co/Cvbcim7R

Extract from Hansard covering Bulli Hospital Debate only : https://savebullied12.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/bulli-hospital-upgrade-parliament-august-16-2012.docx

Fighting for Bulli Hospital Emergency Department – outside NSW Parliament House with Dr John Kay – MLC – The Greens

Read who said what :

  • Ryan Park
  • Lee Evans
  • Noreen Hay
  • Gareth Ward
  • Andrew McDonald

Acknowledgement to Bevan Shields for providing link to Hansard to Save Bulli ED

 

Fighting for Bulli Hospital Emergency Department to be kept open 24 x 7 x 365 days / year

“You tell them, Ryan! – Bulli Emergency Department must be saved!”

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 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.

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Media contacts:

Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor

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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.

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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

Community Resolutions on Bulli ED Presented to Member for Heathcote

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 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.

Save Bulli ED’s Caroline Colton & Alison Fettell outside Lee Evans Electorate Office in Engadine

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.

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Community Resolutions from July 29 2012 Public Rally at Bulli Masonic Hall

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Media contacts:

Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Caroline Colton, Co-convenor

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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

Interview – Dr Jacky Davis shares UK experiences of attacks on public hospitals & NHS with Save Bulli ED supporters in Australia

Dr Jacky Davis, is a strong advocate of the UK NHS Public Health System which is currently under attack (see people’s comments). Save Bulli ED Co-convenor, Caroline Colton, interviewed Dr Davis as part of her presentation :  “I just can’t get my head around this” to the Save Bulli ED Public Rally on July 29 2012.

Dr Jacky Davis – passionately fighting for UK NHS public health system

Caroline

1.  Jacky – what is going on in the health care system that citizens have very little awareness of?

Jacky

All healthcare systems are under strain because of aging populations, bigger range of more costly treatments, increased expectations. We all face these problems, but combined with global financial difficulties, they are being used as an excuse to undermine traditional health care systems. Those systems that are publicly funded are particularly attractive to transnational corporations who want to get their hands on billions of public money . They see our systems as the pearl in the oyster if only they can prise it open. So publicly funded systems everywhere – UK, Canada, Australia – are being targetted by these companies. Politicians can’t do this up front as our health systems are popular with voters so they dress it up with words like patients choice, increased efficiency, as well as threats about the problems we face, saying we simply cant go on like this. In fact the biggest problem we face  is the onslaught by the private sector who are turning efficient and cost effective public services into fragmented and expensive private services with profits going to share holders instead of back into front line care

Caroline

2. Is awareness growing through local people fighting for their district hospitals and Accident & Emergency Departments (A&E’s) in particular?

Jacky

Politicians have been very careful about how they presented these developments to the public, dressed up as being better for patients,more efficient and  innovative and so on so naturally it has taken a while to understand what is being done in our name. In the UK private corporations like Virgin operate behind the logo of the our National health Service so patients dont even know their care is now being delivered by these transnationals. But when people see their local services under threat then they understand what they are about to to lose and these local campaigns are very important. And through local campaings people see the  bigger picture and thats how national campaigns begin

Caroline

3. How does privatisation affect doctors?
Jacky

We can only predict what will happen to doctors as the process is just getting underway here. As private companies take over the public service health workers including  doctorss are being seconded to these companies with loss, in the long term of their national T&Cs and pension schemes. At the same time core treatments, which have always been free, are being reduced and doctors are being set targets about how many patients they can refer to hospital, asked to reduce their consultation times and so on, in other words interference with their clinical judgements. We dont know yet whether we will end up like the US system where so much of doctors time is taken up with paper work and fighting for their patients right to have treatment.

Caroline

4. In Australia, hospitals run by local autonous community boards have been put forward as an alternative model to hospitals managed by the health bueaucracy – what has happened to hospitals in England who have followed this model?

Jacky

Hospitals in England have been forced to become autonomous Foundation trusts, whose only duty is to balance the books. Many are already in financial difficulties, crippled by the debts of PPP (Public Private Partnership) projects forced on them by politicians, These PPP contracts have proved a disaster, we pay 10 x the value of  what the public sector gets, and hospitals are simply crushed by their debts. Three have recently gone into receivership and we have no idea what will happen to the staff and patients. At the same time these hospitals now have to compete with each other which makes it very difficult to exercise the traditional cooperation which benefitted patients

Caroline

5. What are the implications for national health planning and things like preventative medicine when corporations like SERCO takeover health services?

Jacky

We’re very concerned about large contracts being awarded to companies like Serco and Virgin whose core business is winning government contracts. They then have to put together the package, perhaps with no previous experience. Weve seen community services including childrens services awarded to these companies, and they have little or no experience in these fields. And of course if they fail they will have to be bailed out just like the banks because you can’t let public services fail, they aren’t like mobile phone companies. It really is a case of privatise the profits and socialise the risks, we’re seeing it here already. As for joined up thinking about long term  planning and public health, that looks as though it will be another casualty. How can it be otherwise when the health service is now all about competition – you need collaboration not competition in order to plan for population health and that’s exactly what we won’t have now

Caroline

6. What is your message for the people of the Illawarra? (in a brief statement)

Jacky

My message from our campaign to yours is to fight locally but think nationally. Its really important to fight for local services, the people who make these decisions which destroy our public services get where they are via the ballot box and we can get rid of them in the same way. At the same time this is a national and international issue, we’re all facing this vandalism and privatisation of our public services and we need to work together.  We must alert the public to the threat, persuade people that we can fight this, its a political and ideological decision to privatise and outsource public serives.
I wish you the best of luck with your fight, we will win because we can’t afford to fail.


Caroline Colton Save Bulli ED Co Convenor : “I just can’t get my head around this” – featuring contributions from UK’s Dr Jacky Davis


Thanks to Dr Jacky Davis for sharing these thoughts with the supporters of Save Bulli Emergency Department

You can follow Dr Jacky Davis on Twitter for more information on threats to the UK NHS system – and see how it compares to our Australian experiences.


Fighting to Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department


I just can’t get my head around this – Public Rally video on Vimeo – Caroline C

Caroline Colton’s presentation, to the Public Rally (July 29 2012), on threats to Bulli ED & privatisation fears : “I just can’t get my head around this!” (seen here on  Vimeo film)  – simply unforgettable & an amazingly insightful analysis.

Caroline, a Save BulliED Co-convenor,  showed the state of health facilities in the Northern Illawarra – as it is currently and with various scenarios

– daytime & after hours

– with Bulli Hospital Emergency Department open

– and with the ED replaced by an Urgent Care Centre operating only 8am-8pm

Save Bulli ED representatives had been advised by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District that an Urgent Care Centre would be based around the USA model.

So Caroline set about investigating just what happens in the health system in the USA – from the impressive & huge Texas Health Centre to the Mash style set-ups in sports stadiums.  At that point of her presentation, the audience were left open-mouthed, almost in disbelief  at what they saw on a video clip of the USA’s RAM (Remote Area Medical) system for the economically disadvantaged. This is a voluntary effort, in cities such as Los Angeles, which was almost overwhelmed by the thousands that turned up.

Caroline also shared how the USA spends more % per capita on health than any other nation, including Australia and yet its health outcomes are no better, in fact even worse than some OECD countries, in terms of life expectancy (see comments on US Health Issues including Public-Private Debate).

After listening to this comprehensive review – the question you have to ask :

Why follow a USA model for Urgent Care Centres when it is widely recognised,  across the political spectrum in the USA, that their health system is failing ?

A brilliant presentation which opened our eyes.

We also just can’t get our heads around it either, Caroline !


Also see news clip of the rally on Facebook: at  SCLC’s  page – and rally photos on Facebook.

Also from Caroline – some YouTube clips of the USA RAM – Remote Area Medical programs operating in US sports stadiums :

Save Bulli Hospital E.D. Public Rally Stakes out a Mandate – also Community Resolutions

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 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.”

RESOLUTIONS

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.

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Media contacts:

Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor

Save Bulli Emergency Dept July 29 2012 Rally – Live Comments

SaveBulliED5:37pm via HootSuite

Local Health Board Chief Prof Denis King braved hostile crowd to explain Board’s position- but 600 angry people not happy with what he offer

SaveBulliED5:35pm via HootSuitePublic Rally stories – incl 12 yr old cut artery & ambos couldn’t get to him & told his mum take him to Bulli ED otherwise would have died
SaveBulliED5:33pm via HootSuite@shaun_prince @MelissaJaros local health board advocate US style model replace Bulli ED-but news clip of health care for US poor shocked allShow Conversation
SaveBulliED5:31pm via HootSuite@MelissaJaros @shaun_prince at one stage there were up to 200 people outside listening via loud speakers at #SaveBulliED rallyShow Conversation
SaveBulliED5:31pm via HootSuite@shaun_prince @MelissaJaros we believe up to 600 attend #SaveBulliED rally – in wheelchairs, walking frames, walking sticks, babies in pramsShow Conversation
nickpmclaren4:20pm via Twitter for iPhoneNew resolution: build a new hospital across the road while old hospital is maintained. Adopted. #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:18pm via Twitter for iPhone@shaun_prince calls for a completely new hospital. Not supported by the meeting#SaveBulliED cites eg of Manly.
nickpmclaren4:16pm via Twitter for iPhone3. Community based board reestablished#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:15pm via Twitter for iPhoneResolutions 1. Community model endorsed as priority #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:12pm via Twitter for iPhoneMC: Why aren’t the public servants taking note of what the people want? #SaveBulliED1 retweets
nickpmclaren4:10pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf King told the group wants to save the ED (wild applause) #SaveBulliED the rest of the hospital is not the issue.
nickpmclaren4:07pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf King: medicine has changed, some services ie cardiac can only be offered in one place, so no time for assessment at Bulli#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:05pm via Twitter for iPhoneProfKing: public sector services will not be contracted to private sector; Bulli EdD will remain ‘free’ #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:04pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf king: I don’t know anyone who thinks the Dapto Private Hospital project will go ahead#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:02pm via Twitter for iPhoneProf Denis King: “the illawarra & Shoalhaven have been under funded” #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren4:00pm via Twitter for iPhoneThe land the Bulli Hospital stands on was donated by local family #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:58pm via Twitter for iPhone“without Bulli Hospital both myself and partner probably wouldn’t be here today” resident. #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:56pm via Twitter for iPhoneWe are yet to hear from Prof Dennis King yet#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:54pm via Twitter for iPhoneEx Kiama Mp Bob Harrison currently speaking #SaveBulliED
johnkgreens3:53pm via Twitter for iPhoneHeart rending stories about the importance of 24×7 ED at Bulli. Shame no Coalition MP hear to listen.4 retweets
NewzStringer3:52pm via Web@MelissaJaros how is all going???? sounds like a lot of people turned upShow Conversation
nickpmclaren3:51pm via Twitter for iPhoneHalf the people here it seems we’re born at Bulli Hospital #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:49pm via Twitter for iPhoneEx policeman telling stories of saving people’s lives #SaveBulliED
johnkgreens3:47pm via Twitter for iPhoneNorthern Illawarra community deserves 24×7 PUBLIC emergency Dept.pic.twitter.com/g8j9pMxK3 retweets
nickpmclaren3:44pm via Twitter for iPhoneAlice Scott talks about her (failed) campaign to save the Port Kembla ED #SaveBulliED
johnkgreens3:44pm via Twitter for iPhoneAt Bulli huge meeting to save Emergency Dept 500+ angry citizens sending powerful message to @barryofarrellpic.twitter.com/XwnqbBZm6 retweets
nickpmclaren3:40pm via Twitter for iPhoneKaye: I want to come back in 2 months when the winter of our discontent is over.#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:38pm via Twitter for iPhoneKaye: nothing scares politicians more than a big crowd of angry people #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:37pm via Twitter for iPhone3rd commitment is to expose urgent care centre model as stalking horse for privatization #SaveBulliED #nswgreens
nickpmclaren3:35pm via Twitter for iPhoneGreens say funds need to be made available to fund medical staff #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:34pm via Twitter for iPhoneJohn Kaye from Greens says health care must stay in public hands. Greens will fight for level 2 emergency dept #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:32pm via Twitter for iPhoneThis is a slick presentation, it includes video from the USA & interview from UK#SaveBulliED
MelissaJaros3:30pm via Twitter for iPhone#SaveBulliED says 601 private beds under construction. Claims #BulliED is in competition with private facilities.1 retweets

nickpmclaren3:29pm via Twitter for iPhone630 Private hospital beds currently under construction in the Illawarra #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:26pm via Twitter for iPhone32 km of coastline would have no services for pregnant women & babies after 8pm#SaveBulliED
cocococo103:19pm via Web@gordonbradbery Hundreds of locals at Save Bulli ED – they are wondering where you are, tweeting asking this question.1 retweets
nickpmclaren3:16pm via Twitter for iPhoneLife expectancy in the US 74 compared to 82 in Australia #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:15pm via Twitter for iPhoneUrgent care centers in the US have not reduced waiting times #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:13pm via Twitter for iPhoneUrgent care centre model was developed in the USA, where most are privately run, speaker says #SaveBulliED
MelissaJaros3:12pm via Twitter for iPhone@shaun_prince @SaveBulliED yep I think you might be right. At least another 100 outsideShow Conversation
nickpmclaren3:11pm via Twitter for iPhoneNo bulk billing available from GPs in northern suburbs, despite recently receiving $1 million from fed govt #SaveBulliED #auspol
nickpmclaren3:10pm via Twitter for iPhoneBulli the only emergency dept in northern Illawarra for 20,000 people and the only health service operating after hours#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren3:01pm via Twitter for iPhone@SteelyGreen thanks all the Drs & nurses in attendance & reads out letter from Frankie j Holden who helped save Pambula Hosp.#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:57pm via Twitter for iPhoneRorris: “it is an act of barbarism to close this”#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:55pm via Twitter for iPhoneBulli HospitalED had 7098 attendances in 2011 #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:53pm via Twitter for iPhoneRorris says don’t listen to the experts when they tell you it can’t be done #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:52pm via Twitter for iPhoneArthur Rorris says society has its priorities wrong when community built hospital like Bulli can’t be maintained #SaveBulliED
MelissaJaros2:43pm via Camera on iOSMore than 300ppl at @SaveBulliED rally! All the details #WINNews 6.30pm tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/emQqhbRb1 retweets
nickpmclaren2:43pm via Twitter for iPhone“now is the winter of our discontent” Alison Fettell #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:42pm via Twitter for iPhone#SaveBulliED group wants ambulances to return to Bulli. Part of their own alternative model.
nickpmclaren2:33pm via Twitter for iPhoneFmr councillor & former Bulli resident Trevor Mott MCing. #SaveBulliED
shaun_prince2:31pm via Twitter for Android@nickpmclaren at least 500 locals here + 3 WCC councilors & A Rorris attendance1 retweetsShow Conversation
emilyalaurence2:31pm via Photos on iOSmy son’s first rally #savebullihospital a good cause to start with! #wollongong #nswpolpic.twitter.com/X9BHIy8s

willongong2:30pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®#Greens MLC @johnkgreens and Clr Jill Merrin at Save Bulli Hosp rally, huge crowd!#SaveBulliED yfrog.com/h6msxbzj
nickpmclaren2:29pm via Twitter for iPhoneI have also spotted a number of #wollongongcouncillors #SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:27pm via Twitter for iPhoneInterested to see if any pollies turn up. So far have only spotted @shaun_prince#SaveBulliED
nickpmclaren2:24pm via Camera on iOSAt the #SaveBulliED community meeting. 300 inside, 200 more outside. Packed.#wollongong #bulli pic.twitter.com/oaCLyKbQ
willongong2:22pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®Massive turnout to Save Bulli hospital rally, hall totally packed, hundreds outside!#SaveBulliED
shaun_prince1:48pm via Twitter for AndroidVgood crowd building at Save Bulli ED rally.

Hospital Emergency Depts Private vs Public – Caroline Colton is on the Case

Save Bulli ED’s CoConvenor Caroline Colton, a Woonona resident, has been researching  facts on health systems for months now.

So Caroline’s been checking out details on what’s happening to Hospital Emergency Departments  – public and private – in Australia and overseas – to see what it might mean for Bulli.

The Facts on Urgent Care Centres ? What are they ? Are Private UCC’s and Public UCC’s the same ? Do they really replace Emergency Depts? What are their Opening Hours? Do they treat babies – under one year olds, under two year olds ?  Do they treat Pregnant Mums? What are their Charges? Upfront on the day – $100, $200 $300 ?

And there’s more … ? Surfing, Shops, Equity High Finance Deals, Private Hospital & Takeovers : what might these have to do with Bulli Hospital Emergency Department ?

Find out from Woonona’s Caroline Colton at the Public Rally on Sunday July 29 2012 at Bulli Masonic Hall – 2pm.

And as we’ve said before -we are not alone in facing attacks on Bulli Hospital Emergency – eg Mullumbimby up north is also fighting for its facilities and down south at Pambula.

And it’s quite a story to be honest … yet a story we need to wrap our heads around – so we can really take the fight to Save Bulli ED to the NSW Government & Illawarra Shoalhaven Health Board.