Michael Daley and Labor will increase funding to the Goulburn Base Hospital and Health Service redevelopment by a total of $200 million – a full $50 million more than the Liberals have pledged.
Mr Daley made the announcement in Goulburn today alongside Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord and Country Labor candidate for Goulburn Ursula Stephens.
The current Liberal Government promise is for $150 million, but this is $50 million short of what is needed to properly deliver the upgrade.
Labor will deliver the upgrade because a Daley Labor Government will not splurge $2.2 billion on Sydney stadiums.
NSW Labor’s commitment will now cover:
- A new emergency department;
- A new medical imaging department;
- New operating theatres, day surgery, recovery and pre-admission areas;
- New medical, surgical paediatric and geriatric inpatient wards with specifically designated palliative care beds;
- A new maternity and birthing suite;
- Additional car parking;
- An MRI machine;
- Enhanced pathology services; and
- An enhanced mental health unit.
In addition, the extra funding will add new outpatient and allied health clinics, renal and chemotherapy facilities to the redevelopment.
Goulburn Hospital palliative care and outreach services would be supported as part of the improvements to the hospital and the health service.
The improvements to car parking will be made in consultation with hospital staff, the local council and the community.
Mr Daley said that Goulburn Base Hospital remained one of the most under pressure hospitals in rural and regional NSW.
“While the Liberals and Nationals splurge more than $2.2 billion on Sydney stadium, Labor will invest in health and hospitals. It’s a question of priorities.”
“This election is a referendum on healthcare in Goulburn, families will have clear choice – between $2.2 billion for Sydney Stadiums on the one hand, and properly funded hospital upgrades on the other”, Mr Secord said.
Ursula Stephens, Country Labor candidate for Goulburn said that with Goulburn’s population is growing, only Labor’s announcement will bring the Goulburn Base Hospital up to the capacity required.
“With up to a quarter of patients at Goulburn Hospital are waiting longer than four hours in its emergency department, I have different priorities than the Liberals. They want to fund stadiums, but I want to invest in hospitals.”
Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of patients at Goulburn Hospital wait longer than four hours in its emergency department.
Thirty-five (35) per cent of patients did not receive treatment within the recommended time-frame.
About 19,000 patients a year visit the hospital’s emergency department.
The median wait for non-urgent elective surgery is 237 days.
As of September 30, there were more than 760 patients waiting for non-urgent surgery at Goulburn.
In September 2017-September 2018, 268 babies were born at Goulburn Hospital.