Maitland Health Committee welcomes public-private partnership axe for new Maitland Hospital

PLEASED: Maitland Health Committee chairperson Abby Crawford outside the existing Maitland Hospital. Picture: Simone De Peak
PLEASED: Maitland Health Committee chairperson Abby Crawford outside the existing Maitland Hospital. Picture: Simone De Peak

The state government’s decision to scrap the proposed public-private model for Maitland’s new hospital has been met with applause from the Maitland Health Committee.

Chairperson Abby Crawford said the committee welcomed the announcement as well as Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s request to expedite the process.

Ms Crawford said the committee would continue to consult with community, health providers and planners to ensure the needs of the community were heard.

“We look forward to bringing updates to the community as they come to hand,” she said.

However, the Health Services Union holds concerns about wages, staffing, job security and resource levels at the new hospital.

Mr Hazzard said employees at the new Hospital would have existing conditions carried over for two years – then would have to negotiate with the new provider.