NSW Labor today committed to delivering the full $23.6 million redevelopment at Cooma Hospital – providing an extra $5 million to complete the project.
Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord and Country Labor candidate for Monaro Bryce Wilson made the announcement today with nurses and local community members.
Labor’s commitment delivers an additional $5 million on top of the current allocation of $18.8 million for the much needed redevelopment for the Cooma Hospital and Health Service.
The extra funding comes from Labor’s Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ fund. The additional funds are available because Labor will invest in schools and hospitals, while the Liberals, Nationals and the Deputy Premier John Barilaro are splurging more than $2.2 billion on stadiums.
Labor’s upgrade of Cooma Hospital upgrade will include:
- An expanded emergency department;
- Anew front entrance for the emergency department;
- A new maternity department;
- A new ambulatory care centre;
- Expansion of the medical imaging department;
- Light refurbishment of clinical support areas in the Inpatient Unit;
- The relocation of the Pathology Department; and
- Surgical and medical ward upgrades.
The population of Cooma has been growing and demand for hospital services is expected to increase in response to local workforce growth.
Labor has already committed to providing hundreds of more nurses across the State by introducing Nurse to Patient Ratios – including additional nurses for Cooma Hospital.
Labor has also pledged 250 extra security staff to protect patients and hospital workers – as part of our Security in Hospitals’ plan.
Labor’s policy will deliver upgraded surgical and medical services that the community will only get if a Daley Labor Government is elected.
Cooma Hospital is under pressure with a median wait of 219 days for non-urgent elective surgery. As of September 31, there were 51 patients waiting for orthopaedic surgery and overall 55 patients were waiting for non-urgent elective surgery.
In September 2017-September 2018, Cooma Hospital saw 10,190 patients in its emergency department.