Hospitals are ‘ too remote’
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.