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

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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 :

Bulli Hospital data shows E.D saves lives, casts doubt on ISLHD claims

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 Media release : 26 July 2012    Bulli ED 2012/#7

Bulli Hospital data shows E.D saves lives, casts doubt on ISLHD claims

 Data published by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) shows unequivocally that the Bulli Hospital Emergency Department is a life-saving facility and not a mere “urgent care centre” as claimed by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).

The Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Group (Save Bulli ED Group) have cited 2011 BHI data to prove that Bulli Emergency Department does indeed treat serious and life-threatening cases, despite claims by health bureaucrats that it does not. This will be one of the issues discussed at the Save Bulli Hospital Emergency Department Public Meeting to be held 2 pm this Sunday, 29 July at the Bulli Masonic Hall, 286 Princes Highway.

“Basically, health bureaucrats use the argument that Bulli doesn’t treat serious or life-critical cases as a way to justify their cost-cutting plan to close the Emergency Department at Bulli and replace it with a so-called ‘urgent care centre’, said Alison Fettell, Save Bulli ED convenor…. MORE

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Media contacts:         Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor, ph 0412 011 052

Ms Kerrie Anne Christian, Co-convenor, ph 0408 115 099

Heads up – Lee Evans – Save Bulli ED offers pointers for Lee Evans meeting with Health Board

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 Media release : 20 July 2012    Bulli ED 2012/#6

“Heads up, Lee Evans!” Save Bulli Hospital ED group offers pointers for Lee Evans’ meeting with ISLHD next week.

The office of Lee Evans has disclosed that the state member for Heathcote will meet next week with Prof Denis King, chair of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

And yes, Bulli Hospital will be on the agenda.

When the Save Bulli ED Group heard about the meeting, they decided that Lee Evans needed to be told a thing or two about the community feeling on the state government’s plan to close or downgrade Bulli Hospital Emergency Department.

They sought a meeting but were told that no, they could not meet with Lee Evans before the King meeting but could send through “some short dot points”, which they did this morning by email.

Save Bulli ED Group is also organising a public rally at the Bulli Masonic Hall at 2 pm on Sunday 29 July to give the community a chance to be heard by the health bureaucrats, and will pass community views from that rally on to State and Federal members.

But according to co-convenor Caroline Colton, even ahead of the rally it is already clear that Northern Illawarra residents are devastated to hear of the proposed demise of the Bulli E.D.

“People can’t believe they have to fight for something as basic as a hospital emergency department,” said Caroline. “I see this trend of closing emergency departments as a sign that the state and federal governments no longer care about the people. People will die. It’s as simple as that.”

“People can come to the rally at the Bulli Masonic Hall at 2 pm on Sunday July 29 to have their say on this,” said Caroline. “It’s important to show that we care, that it’s not a service that you can cut and no one will notice. Lives depend on it.”

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Media contacts:

Ms Kerrie Christian, Co-convenor, ph 0408 115 099
Ms Caroline Colton, Co-convenor, ph 0419 609 173

Attachment: Bulli Hospital ED – summary of findings prior to rally of 29 July, submitted to Lee Evans, State Member for Heathcote, 20 July 2012
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Save Bulli Hospital ED – Keep it Open – Summary of Findings for Lee Evans MP

Save Bulli ED’s Key point : 24/7 Emergency Department to be maintained at Bulli Hospital with no weekend or overnight closures ! The Summary was sent to Heathcote MP Lee Evans, before his meeting on future directions, for Bulli Hospital, with the head of the local ISLHD Health Board Professor Denis King.

Save Bulli ED reps wanted to meet with Mr Evans before both the meeting and the July 29 Save Bulli ED Public Rally. Unfortunately Mr Evan’s expected bimonthly Meeting in the Cafe down in Thirroul on July 21 is not taking place. Note – Mr Evan’s electorate office is in the Sutherland Shire area.

The Save Bulli ED Summary says : What the community wants, based on feedback received to date
• 24/7 Emergency Department to be maintained at Bulli Hospital with no weekend or overnight closures
• Bulli Hospital to be adequately resourced to function effectively as a Level 2 Emergency Department, its current level of standing in the NSW Health network
• role of Bulli Hospital to triage, stabilise and treat/transfer to be retained for the community

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