Hospi­tals are ‘ too re­mote’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH - MI­RANDA WOOD

MA­JOR Syd­ney hospi­tals are poorly lo­cated in “no man’s land” and must in fu­ture be built closer to shops, schools and pub­lic trans­port, lead­ing busi­ness groups have warned.

With the state gov­ern­ment in­vest­ing bil­lions in health precincts and the med­i­cal work­force grow­ing, a new scorecard on the “walk­a­bil­ity” of hospi­tals has shown many are dif­fi­cult to ac­cess.

The anal­y­sis, by the West­ern Syd­ney Busi­ness Cham­ber, has shown West­mead, Ne­pean, Bankstown and the new North­ern Beaches hospi­tals had low rank­ings for not be­ing within a five-minute walk­ing dis­tance to ameni­ties in­clud­ing super­mar­kets, din­ing and drink­ing, parks and schools.

The cham­ber’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Borger said hospi­tals can no longer be built in the “back block on a cheap piece of land”.

“In or­der to keep and at­tract the tal­ented staff in th­ese hos­pi­tal job en­gines, we need to com­pletely re­think the way we plan around them,” he said.

PWC chief econ­o­mist Jeremy Thorpe said im­prov­ing the ameni­ties around hospi­tals, in­clud­ing pub­lic trans­port, would make them more de­sir­able work­places.

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