On July 5, it is a year since our community saved Wyong Hospital from privatisation.
This was a huge win for our community against the NSW Liberal Government, and one of which we should be rightly proud.
The announcement that Wyong Hospital would be kept in public hands put an end to months of uncertainty and concern for health workers and patients.
Wyong Hospital has always been our community hospital. It was built after decades of activism and fundraising from the community.
It was not, is not, and will never be the NSW Government’s to sell.
The victory was one for community, who rallied and petitioned; for our state member for Wyong, David Harris, and his colleagues; and for the union movement, including the Health Services Union, The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Unions NSW and affiliates.
As someone who spent most of their career working at Wyong Hospital, my greatest thanks go to the health workers of the Central Coast who work tirelessly, every day, to care for those in need. They deserve a Government that understands the value of public healthcare and appreciates all they do.
Now that we have saved Wyong Hospital from privatisation, we must do all that we can to ensure it is properly funded.
We must not be complacent.
That is why I have started a petition – to ensure Wyong Hospital, and all public hospitals in Australia – are properly funded.
The Liberals have cut millions from public hospitals. This will mean emergency waiting times will increase and surgeries will be delayed.
Labor will invest $2.billion in public hospitals throughout Australia, if we return to Government at the next federal election.
Our hospitals need this funding – to ensure our community receives the healthcare we need and deserve.
My petition “Help Labor Fix Our Public Hospitals” is available on my website www.emmamcbride.com.au