Local health services are under pressure
Manning Base 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;  and
- Around 1,150 patients are currently on the waiting list for elective surgery. 
The pressure on Manning Base Hospital has forced many patients to travel to other hospitals, such as Port Macquarie Hospital and John Hunter Hospital.
- The Liberals and Nationals have taken a piecemeal approach to improving Manning Base Hospital:
- The Liberals and Nationals started planning a $20 million upgrade to the hospital in 2015; 
- Work on this initial upgrade did not commence until November 2017;  and
- In 2018, the Liberals and Nationals announced a further $20 million upgrade. 
Labor believes the upgrades announced so far by the Liberals and Nationals:
- Are not sufficient to meet the local demand for healthcare services; and
- Show the Liberals and Nationals never developed a comprehensive plan for the future of Manning Base Hospital.
Labor’s plan to upgrade Manning Base Hospital
Michael Daley and Labor will invest $60 million to upgrade Manning Base Hospital.
Labor’s investment is in addition to the current $40 million which has been allocated to upgrade Manning Base Hospital.
Labor’s additional $60 million investment will bring the total value of the upgrade at Manning Base Hospital to $100 million.
Labor will consult with local doctors, nurses, hospital staff and community members to develop a comprehensive plan for the full upgrade of Manning Base Hospital.
In addition to upgrading Manning Base Hospital, Labor will provide $1.25 million to improve the provision of palliative care by government and non-government bodies in the region.
The Liberals and Nationals cannot be trusted
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. 
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 from their privatisations plans when faced with pressure from Labor and the community.  The Liberals and Nationals will almost certainly revive these privatisation plans if they are re-elected.
 Performance profiles: Emergency department care, Manning Hospital (July to September 2018), Bureau of Health Information, p. 4
 Performance profiles: Emergency department care, Manning Hospital (July to September 2018), Bureau of Health Information, p. 8
 Performance profiles: Elective Surgery, Manning Hospital (July to September 2018), Bureau of Health Information, p. 4
 Concern raised about the planning process for the Manning Base Hospital multi million dollar upgrade, ABC News, 10 September 2015
 Concrete poured at Manning Hospital redevelopment site, Great Lakes Advocate, 9 November 2017
 NSW Government adds $20 million in funding for Manning Hospital redevelopment, Manning River Times, 1 July 2018