NSW Labor Leader, Michael Daley, has announced that a Daley Labor Government will invest $2.2 million to draw up plans for the next Bathurst Base Hospital upgrade.
Mr Daley was joined by Beau Riley, Country Labor’s candidate for Bathurst, to announce the funding allocation.
“This is about careful preparation for the future and ensuring that Bathurst Base Hospital is ready to respond to patient needs in the Central West,” Mr Daley said.
“Bathurst Base Hospital is under enormous pressure and this is about supporting its hard working staff so they can provide world-class health and hospital services to the local community.”
Labor will work with local doctors, nurses, hospital staff and patients to establish which wards and units of Bathurst Base Hospital require the most urgent upgrades.
“This is about preparing a blueprint for the future of the Bathurst Base Hospital,” Mr Daley added.
Bathurst Base Hospital employs hard working doctors and nurses but it has not been expanded in response to the increase in population.
Bathurst Base Hospital - key facts
- Bathurst Base Hospital attends to more than 26,000 patients a year in its emergency department
- Currently, there are 801 patients awaiting elective surgery
- Patients wait an average of 300 days for non-urgent elective surgery
- One in five patients wait more than four hours to be treated at the emergency department
- 10 per cent of patients waited more than six hours and 56 minutes to be treated
- 375 babies were born at the hospitalin the last nine month reporting period (January to September 2018)
On top of this, many patients are admitted to Bathurst Base Hospital and then transferred to Orange or Sydney for further treatment.
Country Labor candidate, Beau Riley, has already committed to introducing Nurse to Patient Ratios that will deliver more nurses to Bathurst Base Hospital, as well as additional hospital security staff.
Mr Riley has slammed Bathurst MP Paul Toole and the Liberals and Nationals for their neglect of health and hospitals.
Michael Daley and Beau Riley also met with and spoke to local doctors from the Bathurst Base Hospital this morning who were gravely concerned that the hospital did not have an MRI machine. Mr Daley committed to ensure the provision of an MRI machine to Bathurst Base Hospital in his first term. This would involve him working with his federal counterparts to ensure it is Medicare-rebated to help people avoid the trip to Sydney or Orange for life-saving scans.