Labor will invest $2.2 million to begin planning an upgrade of Bathurst Hospital.
Labor will also enter negotiations with the Commonwealth Government to bring a Medicare rebated MRI machine to Bathurst.
Local health services are under pressure
Bathurst Hospital is under pressure. The latest data shows:
- There are currently 801 patients waiting for elective surgery at Bathurst Hospital;
- Patients wait an average of 300 days for non-urgent elective surgery;
- 20 per cent of patients wait more than four hours to be treated in the emergency department; and
- 10 per cent of patients waited almost seven hours in the emergency department before they were treated, discharged, admitted or transferred.
During the last eight years, the Liberals and Nationals opened only one new hospital in NSW. The hospital was built in Sydney’s Northern Beaches as a public-private partnership. The hospital was plagued with problems from day one, leading to the resignations of senior staff and serious concerns regarding patient safety.5
Labor’s plan to upgrade Bathurst Hospital
Michael Daley and Labor will invest $2.2 million to begin planning an upgrade to Bathurst Hospital.
The upgrade will allow people from the Bathurst region to access more health services locally, reducing the need for people to travel to Sydney or other regional hospitals.
Labor will consult with local doctors, nurses, hospital staff and community members to develop a comprehensive plan for the full upgrade of Bathurst Hospital.
In addition to upgrading Bathurst Hospital, Labor will enter negotiations with the Commonwealth Government to bring a Medicare rebated MRI machine to Bathurst.
The Liberals and Nationals have tried to privatise multiple regional hospitals - including Wyong, Goulburn, Shellharbour, Bowral and Maitland. The Liberals and Nationals have only backed-down on their privatisation plans when faced with pressure from Labor and the community.6
6 NSW government abandons fifth hospital privatisation plan in Maitland, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 2018The Liberals and Nationals will almost certainly revive these privatisation plans if they are re-elected.