NSW Labor has announced they will deliver the full $434 million upgrade of the Shoalhaven Hospital – the most overstretched hospital in regional NSW.
NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley made the commitment at community town hall meeting last night on the South Coast.
Shoalhaven Hospital has some of the longest waiting times NSW as a result of eight years of neglect by the Liberals.
An astounding 37 per cent of patients in Shoalhaven Hospital wait longer than four hours in the emergency department. About 40,000 patients a year visit the emergency department making it one of the busiest outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.
In addition, there are 1,574 patients on the South Coast waiting for non-urgent elective surgery, such as knee and hip replacements and tonsillectomies.
NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord and Country Labor candidate for South Coast, Annette Alldrick also gave their strong support to the $434million Shoalhaven Hospital project.
Mr Daley said Ms Alldrick, a registered nurse, had always been fighting for improved hospital and health services on the State’s South Coast.
He thanked local nurses, doctors and health and hospital workers for their long-running campaign to upgrade the hospital.