Thursday, April 25, 2024

Camden Council celebrate palliative care unit win

Camden Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit will stay put, following a push to retain the unit by Camden Council and the signatures of more than 5,000 local community members.

Following discussions in the community which all but confirmed a planned closure of the
site and relocation to Campbelltown Hospital, Camden Councillor Cindy Cagney issued a
notice of motion at Council’s 12 September meeting.

The motion recommended Council urgently write to South Western Sydney Local Heath
District CEO, Amanda Larkin, Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals General Manager,
Grant Isedale and NSW Minister for Health, Ryan Park, seeking to clarify whether the Palliative Care Unit will remain at Camden Hospital for the next five years.

The notice of motion, which was endorsed unanimously, kicked off an online petition which
secured more than 5,000 signatures in under two weeks. Following the pressure by Council
and the community, the Minister for Health has announced the Palliative Care Unit would
remain in Camden.

South Western Sydney Local Health District Acting Chief Executive, Sonia Marshall sent a letter to Camden Council, also confirming there we no plans to close palliative care beds at Camden Hospital, said Councillor Cagney.

She said she was relieved “sense had prevailed” in keeping such an important public health service in Camden.

“When people are moved into palliative care, they need as much support as possible and, crucially, they need to be as close as possible to loved ones,” she said.

“The Palliative Care Unit at Camden Hospital is vital, not only for Camden residents, but
also residents of Wollondilly, who would have been asked far too much to travel to
Campbelltown and be so far from loved ones in such times of need.

“I’d like to thank the Palliative Care Unit staff for continuing to work so hard and provide
this much needed service to Camden.”

Mayor of Camden, Ashleigh Cagney has also welcomed the news.

“This is truly a win for the people,” she said.

“Thank you to everyone in the community and my fellow Camden Councillors for coming together on this issue.

“This is another great example of all levels of government working together to advocate on
behalf of our community.”

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