Open letter to the NSW Health Minister

Picture: Chris Lane
Picture: Chris Lane

Dear Minister,

Campbelltown and the Greater Macarthur region are rapidly expanding. This has been planned for many years.

In spite of this, infrastructure has not been delivered at a rate commensurate with the rapidity of population growth.

To be quite clear, this lack of infrastructure provision has occurred under both Liberal and Labor administrations. However, in a number of areas we have reached crisis point.

For example:

  • Education:
    • There are 35+ demountables at Oran Park Public School
    • Passfield Park SSP School requires demolition and rebuilding
  • There are 35+ demountables at Oran Park Public School
  • Passfield Park SSP School requires demolition and rebuilding
  • There are 35+ demountables at Oran Park Public School
  • Passfield Park SSP School requires demolition and rebuilding
  • There are 35+ demountables at Oran Park Public School
  • Passfield Park SSP School requires demolition and rebuilding
  • Justice:
    • Long court delays are forcing cases to be moved out of area
  • Long court delays are forcing cases to be moved out of area
  • Long court delays are forcing cases to be moved out of area
  • Long court delays are forcing cases to be moved out of area
  • Transport
    • Complete absence of after-hours public transport to almost all new suburbs.
    • Lack of a planned train link to the new Western Sydney Airport from Macarthur
  • Complete absence of after-hours public transport to almost all new suburbs.
  • Lack of a planned train link to the new Western Sydney Airport from Macarthur
  • Complete absence of after-hours public transport to almost all new suburbs.
  • Lack of a planned train link to the new Western Sydney Airport from Macarthur
  • Complete absence of after-hours public transport to almost all new suburbs.
  • Lack of a planned train link to the new Western Sydney Airport from Macarthur

However, the most urgent need is in health services and the list of needs is enormous.

The new development of Campbelltown Hospital will not meet demand in most areas and the most critical need is in midwifery services.

In spite of the known rate of population increase and the need for greater maternity services, staff recruitment freezes, lack of action and understanding, cost cutting and poor planning have resulted in a shortage of 45 FTE midwives - which has severely impacted on care.

There are many ways midwives could be supported that are quite simple, yet the health system appears to accept that the population of South West Sydney should "put up" with what is happening.

I would ask that the following steps be taken:

  1. The Premier and yourself come to Macarthur and talk to local midwives and constituent about their concerns
  2. Urgent steps are undertaken to recruit 45 new midwives for Macarthur, even if this involves overseas recruitment.
  3. Urgent steps are taken to train more local midwives
  4. Simple measures such as employment of 24 hour ward clerks in maternity and delivery suites are undertaken urgently

At present, the Premier and her Ministers only visit Macarthur when they come to see local property developers.

I would hope that you at least would see the need to provide the very best care to the mothers and babies of South West Sydney.