WSLHD pays tribute to Jillian Skinner

27 Jan 2017

Western Sydney Local Health District has acknowledged the hard work of health minister Jillian Skinner, who announced her retirement from politics on February 27.

Ms Skinner, who has been NSW health minister for six years, said she was sad to be leaving a portfolio she loved but was looking forward to challenges outside politics.

Health minister Jillian Skinner who announced her retirement from politics on February 27 2017

Ms Skinner was a staunch supporter of healthcare in western Sydney during her time as minister.

She announced significant investment in infrastructure for the LHD, including $900 million for work on the Westmead Redevelopment and $712 million for the Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital expansion project.

She was on-hand, with former Premier Mike Baird, to officially open Stage 1 of Blacktown Hospital in May last year, which included the new clinical services building, cancer centre and cardiac centre.

She regularly visited WSLHD hospitals to meet new medical interns or student midwives and was also an advocate for bstreetsmart, which was launched by two Westmead Hospital trauma nurses.

Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O’Connor, former board chair Stephen Leeder and new board chair Richard Alcock acknowledged Ms Skinner’s years of service and thanked her for her tireless contribution to the healthcare of people in western Sydney.