NSW Labor will invest $32 million to complete stage two of the Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment.
Labor’s candidate for Upper Hunter Jeff Drayton made the announcement outside Muswellbrook Hospital today, joined by NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay and Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park.
Mr Drayton said the National Party had completely stuffed up the redevelopment of Muswellbrook Hospital.
Mr Drayton said:
The Upper Hunter sends billions down the freeway so Sydney can have state of the art hospitals and all we get in return is a surgical ward with no operating theatre. It’s an absolute disgrace.
“I’m going to fight for our share and that means we are going to commit $32 million to fix the debacle at Muswellbrook Hospital.”
Labor Leader Jodi McKay expressed dismay at the ludicrous scenario where the hospital has a surgical ward but no accompanying operating theatre – only a set of doors opening from the ward into a shell where the theatre should be.
“It seems former Nationals MP Michael Johnsen was too distracted to fight for the health services the people of the Upper Hunter so desperately need,” Ms McKay said.
“The residents of Upper Hunter deserve access to world-class healthcare in their community.
“That’s why Labor has committed to completing stage two of the hospital redevelopment.”
Works to be completed under the announcement include:
- New general ward on the lower ground floor
- An operating theatre that will be connected to the surgical ward
- Maternity services
- Central sterilising
Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park called on the Government to use the upcoming State Budget to also commit to the next stage of Muswellbrook Hospital.
“The former Nationals Member said the hospital was his ‘number one priority’ prior to the last election but there was no commitment made, in a clear sign the Government has taken the community for granted and failed to deliver the services they need and deserve,” Mr Park said.
“This commitment addresses the dog’s breakfast created by the Nationals and finishes stage two, but rest assured we will also come back with a fully-funded plan for the rest of the works.”