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The Hon.

Robert Borsak MLC


Parliament of New South Wales
Legislative Council
Shooters and Fishers Party

MEDIA RELEASE
17 March 2016

"Hey Tosser, Put it in the Bin":


Garbage Piling-Up at Westmead Hospital
NSW Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak called on the Minister for Health to
answer reports made to his office of garbage piling up at Westmead Hospital and other
NSW Health facilities.
"I have been receiving reports from staff at Westmead Hospital about the lacklustre
garbage collection services for the facility," Mr Borsak said in Question Time earlier today.
"They suggest that garbage often piles up in certain areas, uncollected for several days,
and the smell is unbearable in the warmer weather."
Mr Borsak called on the Health Minister to account for the current situation.
"The Minister for Health can't just sweep their dirty garbage under the rug," Mr Borsak said.
"Picking up rubbish is a simple concept that even primary school children can understand.
People go to hospital to improve their health, not be put at risk due to inadequate sanitary
conditions.
"If services have been privatised, from what I have been hearing they're doing a poor job.
The safety of staff and patients must be protected.
"From the NSW Government's own awareness campaign I have this to say to the Health
Minister: 'Hey Tosser! Put it in the bin."'
Mr Borsak's question from the NSW Upper House today is below:
My question is to The Honourable John Ajaka, representing the Minister for Health.
I have been receiving reports from staff at Westmead Hospital about the lacklustre garbage
collection services for the facility. They suggest that garbage often piles up in certain areas,
uncollected for several days, and the smell is unbearable in the warmer weather.
Minister, will you confirm or deny these reports of hospital health hazards?
Why is this happening, who is responsible, and how are you protecting staff and patient safety
from accumulated refuse and uncollected clinical waste across all NSW Health facilities?

MEDIA CONTACT:

Robert Borsak MLC

Parliament House

Phone: 02 9230 2850 Fax: 02 9230 2613

Macquarie St SYDNEY NSW 2000

email: robert.borsak@ parliament.nsw.gov.au

02 9230 2573