NSW Labor Leader, Michael Daley, joined by Federal Labor Leader, Bill Shorten, today announced that together they will fund a new $200 million hospital for the Eurobodalla Shire.
The two Labor leaders were joined in Moruya by their Shadow Health Ministers Catherine King and Walt Secord, to announce the new hospital funding arrangement. Local candidates for the state seat of Bega, Leanne Atkinson and the Federal candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, also joined the announcement alongside Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly.
The $200 million hospital will give families in the Eurobodalla Shire, better access to high-quality public health care in their own community.
The new Eurobodalla hospital will include:
- A state of the art emergency department
- Operating theatres
- Maternity and paediatric services
- Pathology services
- Radiology services including X-ray, ultrasound and CT scanning
- Palliative care
- Up to 20 mental health beds
- Community drug and alcohol services
- A rehabilitation unit
The announcement is in response to a community campaign to establish a hospital in the growing region.
Construction of the new hospital will begin within the first term of a Daley Labor Government.
The new Eurobodalla hospital will operate within the Southern NSW Local Health District.
Labor will consult extensively with the community to determine the best site for the new hospital.
“Andrew Constance and the Berejiklian Liberal Government have downgraded Eurobodalla hospital services and have forced patients to travel hours for basic procedures,” Mr Daley said.
Batemans Bay Hospital and Moruya Hospitals now perform fewer elective surgery procedures than they did when the Liberals came to office in 2011:
- There has been a 19 per cent decrease in the number of elective surgeries completed at Batemans Bay Hospital since 2011
- There has been a 16 per cent decrease in the number of elective surgeries completed at Moruya Hospital since 2011