Hospital Protest and S*H*A*M* Mobile Hospital Coming to Pittwater in February
The return of full emergency and other acute services at Mona Vale Hospital will be the focus of community action in February, with a protest meeting planned and a mobile hospital tent - dubbed S*H*A*M* - coming to Avalon.
Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas urged the whole community to attend the protest meeting at Pittwater RSL Club, on Tuesday February 5, from 7 to 9pm.
“With an election coming up, this is an opportunity for everyone to come along and let the government know how we feel about the state of hospital services on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Thomas said.
“It’s only if you continue to support this that we can recover our emergency, surgery maternity and other acute services.”
Mr Thomas said the meeting would also provide the latest news on local hospital services and the Save Mona Vale Hospital campaign.
A NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association representative and NSW Greens Health spokeswoman Dawn Walker will speak at the forum.
Also invited are Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, Labor Health spokesman Walt Secord and Northern Sydney Local Health District chief executive Deborah Willcox – but they have yet to confirm their attendance.
Later in the month, the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital tent, based on the Korean war television comedy-drama M*A*S*H* series, will be set up in Avalon’s Dunbar Park as S*H*A*M* headquarters.
S*H*A*M* organiser Chris Sadrinna, a former Home and Away star, said the event from February 15 to 17, will give the community a chance to share their stories and concerns about the closure of acute services at Mona Vale Hospital.
Mr Sadrinna invited all northern beaches residents to come down and join in the fun, which would include local bands, activities such as pregnant egg and spoon races and a real tank for kids.
“It’s a corroboree of the community with storytelling at its heart,” Mr Sadrinna said.
“We hope people will come to air their grievances because doctors and nurses can’t speak out about the problems we’re now having with the hospital system.
“We need to know what’s going on so that there can be some sort of accountability and the problems can be fixed.”
A wall of words will be created from the hospital stories and, at the end of the event, organisers will compile them and create a communique to be sent to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Health.
Mr Sadrinna said he was inspired to arrange the mobile hospital station after he was unable to secure appropriate treatment at a local hospital for his two-year-old daughter suffering a serious illness in December.
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