Govt urged to 'have a heart' over Shellharbour Hospital future

Ongoing campaign: Health workers will rally outside the Kiama office of Gareth Ward on Tuesday over plans to part-privatise Shellharbour Hospital. Picture: Adam McLean

Ongoing campaign: Health workers will rally outside the Kiama office of Gareth Ward on Tuesday over plans to part-privatise Shellharbour Hospital. Picture: Adam McLean

Health workers will rally outside Gareth Ward’s office at 1pm on Tuesday, urging the Kiama MP to “have a heart” and help keep Shellharbour Hospital public.

South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris said those present would be calling on Mr Ward and his government to shelve plans to part-privatise the facility.

‘’The ‘love-in’ tomorrow is in keeping with the day. The nurses and other health workers wanted to make their point creatively, but very sincerely,’’ he said.

‘’They’ve got a message straight from the heart and that is that if Gareth Ward truly wants to make a difference then (he must) convince the new premier and health minister that this privatisation track is no good.’’

Mr Ward has set up a meeting with Minister Brad Hazzard and staff on Thursday to discuss concerns.

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