The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a much-needed $3 billion budget boost for the region’s hospitals.
Adam Leto, CEO of the region’s leading not-for-profit think tank, said the cash injection to build and fix five of the West’s hospitals was a critical step in improving local healthcare services.
“The Minns Government had promised a stronger focus on our vital healthcare services. We welcome this commitment to deliver on its election pledge and invest in the West’s hospital network,” Mr Leto said.
“The Government’s healthcare funding will help create the modern health facilities and services our region deserves, and we congratulate Premier Chris Minns and Minister for Health Ryan Park for their support of the region.
“Today’s announcement that the upcoming budget will also include an additional $400 million for a new Rouse Hill hospital to build the first new adult hospital in western Sydney in more than 40 years is great news for the West.
“The Dialogue has long campaigned for the Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital to be relocated to the city centre to meet the rapidly growing healthcare needs of the community.
“The $1.3 billion investment to relocate the ageing facility makes great sense, and we urge the government to build the new hospital in the heart of the Bankstown CBD and create a connected and accessible health hub.”
The government has today confirmed its election pledge to spend $550 million on upgrading the hospital will be in the state budget on Tuesday, September 19.
The budget will also include an additional $400 million to build the $700 billion Rouse Hill Hospital, the first new adult public hospital in western Sydney in more than 40 years.
The hospital will include an emergency department, maternity services, ambulatory, and outpatient care and medical imaging services.
Another $350 million will go towards a major redevelopment of Canterbury Hospital the 1st to be undertaken since 1998.
The budget will include the $1.3 billion promised for the new Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital which will be built on a new site. It’ll be the first major investment since the two hospitals merged in 1997. The government has also set aside $120 million for additional beds at Bankstown and Mount Druitt hospitals.