Gladys Berejiklian MP
Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Parliament

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WESTERN SYDNEY HEALTH BONANZA

Friday, 29 March 2019

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard visited Blacktown Hospital today, which is on track to have world-class expanded maternity and paediatric services as part of the $700 million Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Redevelopment. “The NSW Liberals & Nationals are ensuring communities in and around Blacktown have first-class health facilities, with state-of-the-art maternity, birthing, newborn care and paediatrics being delivered as part of this redevelopment,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing a whopping $6.5 billion in first-class health infrastructure across Western Sydney, to deliver families the very best in health care.”  Mr Hazzard said the NSW Government’s record $8.4 billion state-wide health infrastructure building boom – on top of nearly $10 billion invested since 2011 – was only possible due to the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ strong economic management. “Labor had our hardworking doctors and nurses working in shoddy old health facilities – everyone in Western Sydney should remember that. It is a serious health risk to put Labor in charge of hospitals and health care,” Mr Hazzard said. “On top of a record 16,000 frontline staff delivered since 2011, we are now recruiting an extra 8300 frontline hospital staff, as well as building another 100 new and upgraded hospitals and other health facilities on top of the 100 already delivered.” The new Acute Services Building in Stage 2 will also include a bigger emergency department, a dedicated psychiatric emergency care centre, an expanded ICU and eight new digital operating theatres. Stage 1 of Blacktown was completed in 2016 and included a new comprehensive cancer centre and 170 additional acute beds, including chemotherapy chairs, a new in-centre renal dialysis unit and expanded medical imaging, pharmacy, pathology and central sterilisation services. Blacktown Hospital’s new multi-storey car park expansion was completed in February this year.   Highlights of the NSW Government’s hospital building projects currently underway in Western and South Western Sydney include:Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital - $1.3 billionWestmead Hospital redevelopment - $1 billionNepean Hospital redevelopment - $1 billionCampbelltown Hospital - $800 millionLiverpool Health and Academic Precinct - $740 millionLiverpool car park - $50 millionStage 2 of the Children’s Hospital - $619 millionRouse Hill - $300 million The building program in Western Sydney will support up to 26,000 direct annual jobs. In addition to record infrastructure investment, the Government will add 8300 frontline staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives in a $2.8 billion workforce boost. This will include at least 774 new staff in the Western Sydney Local Health District, including 113 doctors, 456 nurses and midwives, 82 allied health staff and 123 hospital support workers. South Western Sydney Local Health District will receive at least 822 new staff, including 114 doctors, 502 nurses and midwives, 96 allied health staff and 110 hospital support workers.