8 – Health & Hospitals

As the Independent Member for Robertson, my purposes would be to attain a full understanding of the Health and Hospital requirements of the Central Coast community and thus, to prepare, by September 2020, and in collaboration with Central Coast civil society, a well-researched plan for the provision and retention of sufficient general practitioner (GP) services, affordable specialist services, dental services, palliative care and public hospital facilities.

Elements/Actions:

8.2. Central Coast Council:   

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WOULD PREFER TO UNDERTAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS IN CONCERT WITH THE CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL. If THE COUNCIL AGREES, THEN I WILL BE OPEN TO TIMELINE NEGOTIATION. HOWEVER, MY OBJECTIVE IS TO PRODUCE A ‘HEALTH & HOSPITALS PLAN’  WHICH I WILL SEEK TO HAVE FUNDED IN THE MARCH, 2021 FEDERAL BUDGET … WITH, OR WITHOUT COUNCIL.

8.2.1. GP services: Council will complete, publish, distribute, and consider the recommendations of, a commissioned research study of Central Coast doctors, workers and pensioners concerning GP service provision on the Central Coast (GP Provision on the Central Coast).

8.2.2. Specialist services: Council will complete, publish, distribute, and consider the recommendations of, a commissioned research study of Central Coast specialists, doctors, workers and pensioners concerning specialist medical services (Specialist Medical Services Provision on the Central Coast).

8.2.3. Dental services: Council will complete, publish, distribute, and consider the recommendations of, a commissioned research study of Central Coast dentists, academics, workers and pensioners concerning dental services provision (Dental Services Provision on the Central Coast).

8.2.4. Hospital facilities: Council will complete, publish, distribute, and consider the recommendations of, a commissioned research study of hospital workers, doctors, specialists, patients & families concerning hospital, especially public hospital facilities on the Central Coast (Hospital Facilities & Services on CC). Including a specific palliative care facility to meet the specific needs of the region.

8.3. NSW Government:

8.3.1. Standing Committee: Council will negotiate with NSW Govt to establish an oversight Board of Council-nominated medical and community personnel, academics and NSW Govt Departments.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WOULD ASSIST COUNCIL IN THESE ENDEAVOURS.

8.3.2. Negotiate: Council will negotiate with NSW Govt for the legislation, funding and political support for the recommendations in the reports concerning: GP provision; specialist, dental & hospital services.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WOULD ASSIST COUNCIL IN THESE ENDEAVOURS.

8.3.3. Campaigning: if required Council will campaign publicly to persuade Federal and NSW Govts to provide legislation, funding & political support for the adequate provision of GP, specialist, dental and hospital services.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL CAMPAIGN RELENTLESSLY.

8.4. Federal Government:

8.4.1. AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL CAMPAIGN RELENTLESSLY.

to assist Council will negotiate directly with the Federal Government to modify policy and funding such that the needs of Central Coast are met.

8.4.2. AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL CAMPAIGN RELENTLESSLY.

to assist Council will campaign to persuade the Federal Government to modify policy and funding such that the needs of the Central Coast are met.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WOULD UNDERTAKE THESE NEGOTIATIONS WITH [a] THE CROSS-BENCH PARLIAMENTARIANS [b] THE GOVERNMENT [c] OPPOSITION… AND I WILL ASSIST COUNCIL IN THESE ENDEAVOURS.