A Daley Labor Government will invest an additional $60 million to deliver the full $100 million upgrade at Manning Hospital, the biggest investment in health in the region for a generation.
NSW Labor Leader, Michael Daley, made the announcement in Taree today alongside Shadow Minister for Health, Walt Secord and Country Labor candidate for Myall Lakes, Dr David Keegan.
Mr Daley said he wanted to work in partnership with the local community to improve health outcomes.
Labor will consult with local doctors, nurses, hospital staff and community members to develop a comprehensive plan for the full upgrade of the hospital.
The upgrade will put Manning Hospital on the path towards obtaining trauma status as a medical facility and include:
- An upgraded emergency department
- Additional operating suites for:
- General surgery
- Ear, nose and throat surgery
- New and upgraded medical equipment
- A cardio-catheter lab
- Integrated mental health and drug treatment
- Transition lounge for discharged and other patients
Manning Hospital is under pressure. The latest data shows:
- 10 per cent of patients with an urgent condition waited around 90 minutes in the emergency department before they started receiving treatment
- Half of the patients who attended the emergency department waited more than three hours before they were treated, discharged, admitted or transferred
- Around 1,150 patients are currently on the waiting list for elective surgery
The pressure on Manning Hospital has forced many patients to travel to other hospitals, such as Port Macquarie Hospital and John Hunter Hospital.
Dr Keegan said: “The Liberals and Nationals have taken a lazy approach to Manning Hospital.
“There needs to be an overarching plan to improve local health and hospital services.”
In a separate announcement, Dr Keegan pledged to provide $1.25 million to support and improve the provision of palliative care by government and non-government bodies in the region.
Mr Daley condemned the Liberals and Nationals for prioritising spending $2.2 billion on Sydney stadiums while rural and regional hospitals miss out on the upgrades they desperately need.
“Only Labor will deliver the full $100 million upgrade for Manning Hospital,” Mr Daley said.
Mr Daley praised Country Labor’s candidate for Myall Lakes, local GP Dr David Keegan for his advocacy on this important project.
“Thanks to the advocacy of Dr Keegan, under a Daley Labor Government this community will finally get the hospital upgrade they so desperately need,” he said.