Sunshine Coast University Hospital Action Group

Wishes everyone a SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY PERIOD

Thank you for your continuous support Over the past few years
Without it our group would not survive May 2015 be a prosperous year for all of you

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A SAFE 2015

 

SCUHAG meeting dates
 SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ACTION GROUP’s meetings for 2014 will be held on the second TUESDAY of each second month  

It was great to see Lend Lease recognise a community member Brian Ginn and his effort in trying to help with the establishment of our public hospital.
The tenth tower crane on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital site was named in his honour.
Brian Ginn is a long time member of SCUHAG and proudly wears his SCUHAG shirt whenever the need arises.
He often attended our Saturday morning protests at the Sunshine Coast Public University hospital site.
Brian has always allowed the group to use his health situation to highlight the need for new health services here on the coast.
Thank you Lend Lease and congratulations Brian.

Our last meeting was our Annual General Meeting.

The Management Committee remains unchanged and is as follows,

Chairman – M. Mileham
Vice Chairman – K. Ricketts
Treasurer -  B. Freebody
Secretary – A. Loveday

The next General Meeting will be held on,

Tuesday  14 October 2014

Place – Kawana Library Room
Nanyima St, Buddina

Time – 6.00pm

Hope to see you there


Contact SCUHAG
PHONE- 0431083017

Maureen /Chairman

 


 

CLINICAL SERVICES at SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PUBLICLY RUN.

December 2013 Updates
Earlier this month the decision was made by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg MP to have
CLINICAL SERVICES at SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PUBLICLY RUN.
Although other services could be out-sourced our clinical services will be run by our
LOCAL HOSPITAL BOARD.
This is a decision many Sunshine Coast residents had hoped for.
The PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOSPITALS will have the opportunity to work together and complement each other, this way the Sunshine Coast will have the best of both health systems.
Our PUBLIC HOSPITAL is certainly moving forward, as anyone who passes the site can see the extent of the work in progress.
Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital now not only deals with their private patients but public patients too.
This should start to ease the waiting lists at Nambour Hospital and help with some of those travelling to Brisbane for treatment.
Keep SCUHAG informed of the services received at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.
This way we can monitor how well the health services are proceeding.
This also means if  health services that are provided well, we will commend, as those who do a job well are rarely rewarded.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED SCUHAG OVER THE PAST      FEW YEARS.
WITHOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT THINGS DO NOT HAPPEN.

TO EVERYONE
SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
ACTION GROUP
WISHES YOU A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE CHRISTMAS

Maureen Mileham


 

The battle is over: Sunshine Coast University to go public ?

THE $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital under construction at Kaw ana will be publicly managed.

The government has exclusively revealed to the Daily that Queensland Health staff and the local Hospital and Health Board will provide clinical services.

Support services including pathology, radiology and pharmacy could still be privatised.

But this decision means free public health care and clinical services provided through in-house doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

The new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital is due to open with 450 beds and a clinical staff of 2500 in 2016 .

It has the potential to expand to 738 beds by 2021.

The Daily championed the community and health workers' fight for clinical services to be publicly managed.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the decision for clinical services to remain in-house was based on value-for-money.

He said analysis determined that the private sector offer was unable, at this time, to match the capacity of the public sector.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board chairman Professor Paul Thomas welcomed the decision.

He said the government's decision meant the focus would now switch to market-testing clinical support services at the university hospital including pathology, radiology and pharmacy.

"This will determine whether better value-for-money providers can be found, but it does not automatically mean services will be outsourced," he said.

Work also will begin immediately to engage appropriate non-government cleaning, catering, and associated service providers at the university hospital.

The university hospital is still being delivered under Queensland's first public hospital public private partnership - a PPP.

Exemplar Health began construction of the public hospital in October last year.

Exemplar is a consortium comprising Lend Lease Building (builder), Spotless Facilities Services (facilities manager), Lend Lease Infrastructure Investments and Siemens (equity providers) and Capella Capital (asset manager).

From Sunshine Coast Daily 6th Dec 2013 6:54 AM

More ...There’s no privatisation to see here!
That’s the headline Lawrence Springborg wants Queenslanders to see as they read the news and his press release earlier today, but within a few paragraphs the Ministerial release goes on to say:
 Mr Springborg said expressions of interest for the outsourcing of clinical support services will be followed by a comprehensive evaluation of responses.

In case it’s not clear, the “clinical support services” being referred to include pathology, radiology, and pharmacy, all services that are vital to patient care.
Once again, this tricky language, whether it’s  ‘contestability’, or outsourcing, hides from Queenslanders that Lawrence Springborg is making a decision to dismantle public health services and fundamentally change the care that patients receive in our public hospitals.

 


 

PUBLIC RUN HOSPITAL

SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ACTION GROUP wishes to inform its members and supporters of the decision made today by Queensland State Government.

The Government has decided to go to a formal Expression of Interest from the market for full outsourcing of services of SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.

Many non political community groups feel disappointed by this decision, as these groups along with SCUHAG have fought hard to achieve public hospital facilities in the area.

The PUBLIC RUN HOSPITAL has been the backbone of our health system.

PRIVATELY run HOSPITALS do a great much needed service, but are there for their shareholders.

LOCAL HEALTH and HOSPITAL BOARDS were put in place to attend to the health needs of their regions.

The running of SCUH should be their responsibility and they alone be accountable.

There are problems  existing in the public system, and some hospitals run more effectively than others.

Finding what works and where problems occurs is what is needed to have any venture run correctly.

SCUHAG at present can only monitor the situation and keep the community updated whenever information is available.

Send SCUHAG your views on this subject. email to news@scuhag.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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IS IT just me or does everyone feel betrayed?

 

Opportunity to clarify the issues raised.

Due to the recent media coverage in the Sunshine Coast Daily I would like the opportunity to clarify the issues raised.

When Bill Hoffman [S/C Daily] rang in regard to my views on SCUH privatisation, he posed the question “did I feel cheated and used” I had no hesitation in my reply because members and myself worked hard to achieve the much needed public hospital. We did it with members and community support, which I thank you all for this.

Within a day or so SCUHAG members were outraged when a blog appeared in S/C Daily regarding the issue and SCUHAG. The first few lines began

“It is disappointing to see that Frank Gower and Maureen Mileham are so misguided and mis-informed on this topic. They have obviously swallowed the ALP Union line that the Qld State Government is privatising the SCUHospital, when it is not the case at all”

This blog went on and I decided as chairman to ring S/C Daily for a reply.

The following article gave some of the questions that had previously been asked and Jarrod Bleijie’s response.

When this management took over SCUHAG  over 3 years ago we set out to ensure the group was always APOLITICAL.

When members joined  attached to their membership was a copy of  Appendix B –Rule 3,For those who have never seen this please read below,

Objects for which the association is established are,

1 / Fight for the construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and

2/ Improve the health services for the Sunshine Coast by,

a] creating awareness of the lack of health services on the Sunshine Coast.

b] pro-actively approaching the issue of health services on the Sunshine Coast, and

c] engaging the wider community in the issue.

SCUHAG has adhered to the above very successfully, and will continue to do so in the future.

Australian citizenship rights /Freedom of speech it states

All Australians are free to say or write what they think about any subject, issue or person, so long as they do not endanger people, defame anyone  or obstruct the free speech of others. The same applies to Australian newspapers, radio, television and other forms of media.  Australians are free to protest the actions of government and campaign to change laws”

This is what SCUHAG do, ask questions of government when there is not a clear answer to questions from community members.

SCUHAG hopes the Health Minister can clarify some of the fears being expressed like,

What happens to Nambour and all S/C public hospitals if clinical services at SCUH are privatised?

What flow on effect to the coast will privatisation have?

Five years after SCUH opens hospital bed size expands to 738 beds, how will private enterprise cope with this number?

If private enterprise receive the clinical  contract, how long will that contract extend to?

When LNP moved the start the date forward SCUHAG thought our former problems were solved and we finally had a health future to look forward to. With a Local Health and Hospital Board now in place and it is clearly stated operational management for public hospitals and accountability for delivery to a local level is their responsibility.

This being so why is KMPG involved?

These are just a few of the questions  needing answers.

I hope it clarifies some issues to you.

Regards Maureen Mileham /Chairman /SCUHAG


 

SCUHAG/ SCUH PRIVATISATION

Many residents have attempted to have their questions answered our local MPs  regarding the possible privatisation of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

It seems our politicians do not understand why there is confusion regarding this issue.

LACK OF REAL INFORMATION WILL ALWAYS CAUSE THIS.

The Newman Government when running for office promised the public TRANSPARENCY in government.

Where is this in SCUH’s case?

The State Government needs to understand why  many feel dismayed and cheated.

1/ When the public fought for a PUBLIC HOSPITAL and it was finally announced to start, residents were so happy the health needs of the coast were finally being met. At NO TIME WAS IT ANNOUCED THAT THE CLINICAL SERVICES COULD BE PRIVATISED. WHY?

2 / The PUBLIC are not afraid of the quality of doctors who could be treating patients, most VMO are doctors with private practises who are contracted to PUBLIC HOSPITALS.

3 / FEAR    arises from the fact no information is given out regarding ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY.

IF PRIVATISED Will it have full A&E SERVICES 24 HOURS A DAY, OR LIKE SOME PRIVATELY RUN, A GP CLINIC AFTER HOURS?

4/ S/C still has a high wait list for elective surgery[category 2/3] What will be put in place to combat lowering these issues if privatised?

5/ NAMBOUR, CALOUNDRA AND GYMPIE HOSPITALS ARE TO BE CAMPUSES TO  SCUH, WILL THEY ALSO BE PRIVATISED?

6 / This leads to the next question,

What purpose will the newly  enrolled HEALTH AND HOSPITAL BOARD SERVE if privatised?  Their function would be of little use. They [the Hospital Board ] were put in place so regional areas had a say in the health needs of their region. If they go only Private Enterprise and Brisbane will make the decisions on health needs of the Sunshine Coast.

7 / We all know there is a large training facility to be built within the hospital grounds. This is a great asset.  SCUH WAS ALWAYS SET TO BE A TEITARY HOSPITAL.

PRIVATE HOSPITALS ARE NOT COMMONLY KNOWN FOR THIS KIND OF TRAINING. Practical training within the hospital and operating theatres are a must to ensure we always have an flow of trained specialist doctors for future generations. What will be in place to ensure this if privatisation takes place?

8 / Private companies often bring many of their own staff to run facilities. What will be in place to ensure local staff will be given a fair percentage of jobs at SCUH?

9 / Many have voiced their opinions against privatisation, Professor Paul Thomas, Clinical doctors of the Sunshine Coast, nurses and many community groups. This is not something that is being blown out of proportion by nurses union and others as our State Government tries to explain to all. The communities across the coast are worried  and without truth in policy as promised it will always be difficult to convince the public otherwise.

Sunshine Coast residents do not want a system where our health services are again depleted and patients are  transferred to  Brisbane.

WILL PRIVATISATION MONOPULISE THE ENTIRE COAST AND WHAT KIND OF A FLOW ON EFFECT ACROSS THE STATE COULD IT HAVE?

This is only a few of the comments and fears expressed by local residents.

I think the time has come for the State Government to explain fully the expectations of private enterprise, the what and how this will work, the time frame of fixed contracts etc.

THEN AND ONLY THEN CAN RESIDENTS MAKE A INFORMED DECISION.


 

SCUH News

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This newsletter includes updates on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) project and the advancement of the Kawana Health Campus.



 

Lack of Public Information

SCUHAG were surprised at the lack of information public has been given regarding the possibility of Clinical Services being privatised when our PUBLIC  Sunshine Coast University Hospital opens.

Jarrod Bleijie MP attended our March General Meeting. He stated no decisions had yet been made.

The community feels this is an issue that should have had more discussion with local clinicians and communities who will be the users of these services.

Answers to questions regarding this issue are still awaiting reply.

SCUHAG is a not for profit community group who works for the betterment of health services on the Sunshine Coast, regardless of what political party is in power.

There are many residents in the community who have fears or anger over this issue.

Whatever the issue is please contact your local Member of Parliament or Lawrence Springborg MP Minister of Health, so your views are heard.

The more statements made, the harder politicians have to listen.

Keep us informed with your views news@scuhag.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Regards Maureen /Chair /SCUHAG

 
 

 

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SUNSHINE COAST UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL ACTION GROUP are one of the community groups chosen for GRILL’D KAWANA store.
GRILL’D serve great healthy burgers and support community groups each month.
When you eat there please remember your group SCUHAG and give us your support