Federal Labor congratulates Luke Foley and NSW Labor for today’s $351 million commitment to Nepean Hospital.
Labor’s plan will deliver the much-awaited Stage 4 of the hospital’s redevelopment – including:
• An enhanced Comprehensive Cancer Centre with chemotherapy, radiation and oncology services;
• Enhanced renal, cardiology and neurology services;
• Up to four new operating theatres;
• An enhanced emergency department;
• A new High Dependency Unit; and
• New and enhanced birthing suites.
I was delighted to join Luke Foley at Nepean Hospital for today’s announcement with Labor Candidates Emma Husar (Penrith), Todd Carney (Mulgoa), Prue Car (Londonderry) and Trish Doyle (Blue Mountains).
Nepean Hospital is a 520 bed tertiary facility that treats more than 54,000 patients annually.
It also has a clinical school from the University of Sydney which the former federal Labor Government funded with $17.2 million from the Health and Hospitals Fund.
Today’s commitment by Luke Foley and NSW Labor will help undo the damage caused to health services in this region under the Liberals.
Since Tony Abbott and Mike Baird have come to power we’ve seen $18 billion cut from public hospitals across New South Wales
We’ve also seen the government abandon any commitment to reduce emergency department and elective surgery waiting times
Almost $800 million has been cut from the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District alone, including $61.9 million to 2017/18
This is despite the fact this same health district is expected to have a population of more than 100,000 by 2035.
Today’s commitment will mean the Nepean hospital can meet this demand.
It confirms yet again that only Labor can be trusted on health.
Only Labor has a plan to strengthen New South Wales’ health system:
• a plan to improve the public hospital system;
• a plan to properly support nurses and other health workers;
• and a plan for the much awaited fourth stage of the redevelopment of Nepean Hospital.