Cast your mind back to September 2016, when the NSW Minister for Health announced plans to privatise five major hospitals, including Wyong, Goulbourn, Shellharbour, Bowral and Maitland. Since then, following community backlash, the NSW Government has decided to back down on its project to sell off regional hospitals.
Maitland was the fifth and final hospital on the privatisation list. On January 26, the Minister for Health announced that the NSW Government has instead decided on a public-health-led approach for the Maitland Hospital upgrade.
These victories have come off the backs of thousands of hard working local community members and hospital staff who have fought tooth and nail for 18 months to protect the public hospital sector.