The Liberals’ private hospital: problems from day one
The Northern Beaches Hospital was opened by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on 19 November 2018. 
The hospital has been plagued with problems from day one. 
These problems have included:
- The creation of a two-tier system – with preference given to private patients over public patients;
- A lack of basic medical supplies such as slings, bandages and insulin;
- An inadequate blood bank with insufficient supplies;
- The cancellation of elective surgery;
- Problems with maternity services;
- Doctors and junior doctors complaining about inadequate supervision;
- In one case, a young doctor in the emergency department was responsible for 60 patients;
- Concerns about pay and conditions for staff;
- Lengthy waits for patients arriving by ambulance;
- Staff have threatened industrial action due to concerns about patient care and safety;
- Complex medical cases are being sent to Royal North Shore Hospital;
- Mass resignations of staff including the CEO, head of medical services, two anaesthetists and other medical staff; and
- Concerns about the reduction of services at Mona Vale Hospital and the closure of Manly Hospital.
The Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest was set up by the Liberals as a public-private partnership. Under these arrangements:
- The Northern Beaches Hospital was to be operated by a private company;
- NSW taxpayers contributed at least$600 million; and
- The overall contract with the private operator was valued at $2 billion. 
There has been a lack of transparency regarding specific details of this public-private partnership.
Labor's four-point plan for the Northern Beaches Hospital
Michael Daley and Labor will:
Appoint a strong independent external monitor to oversee the Northern Beaches Hospital and protect and ensure patient safety
The independent external monitor will be supported by a team including medical professionals and experts in hospital administration.
The independent external monitor will ensure patients at the Northern Beaches Hospital receive proper care.
Ensure ambulance and emergency services are at Mona Vale Hospital
On 14 December 2018, Liberal Health Minister Brad Hazzard claimed Mona Vale Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre had been ‘upgraded’ to function as an emergency department. 
Labor will commission an independent review to determine whether that claim is correct.
Conduct a review of ambulance services
Labor will conduct a review of ambulance services in the area surrounding the Northern Beaches Hospital.
This review will be conducted with specific reference to ambulance services on the Peninsula.
Give the Auditor-General the power to investigate patient safety at theNorthern Beaches Hospital
Labor will allow the Auditor-General to examine the operations of the Northern Beaches Hospital.
Despite the problems at the Northern Beaches Hospital, the Auditor-General has stated she does not have the legal power to examine the performance or operations of the hospital. 
Labor will amend the law to give the Auditor-General powers to examine the performance or operations of the Northern Beaches Hospital. This will provide greater transparency and accountability.
 Northern Beaches Hospital officially open, NSW Government Media Release, 19 November 2018
 Northern Beaches Hospital official opening marred by controversy, Manly Daily, 19 November 2018; ‘Hiccups’: concerns played down at Northern Beaches Hospital opening, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 November 2018; CEO of troubled Sydney hospital resigns two days after opening, The Guardian, 21 November 2018; Patient not told of ‘life-threatening’ incident after caesarean at Northern Beaches Hospital, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 November 2018; Northern Beaches Hospital has ‘fundamental failings’ according to leaked email from doctor, ABC News, 3 December 2018
 Revealed: The real $2 billion cost of privatised Northern Beaches hospital, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 2015
 Mona Vale Hospital upgrade to an Emergency Department level, Manly Daily, 14 December 2018
 Financial Audit: Health 2018, NSW Auditor-General, 12 December 2018, p. 32