Labor Government to invest $211 million in major redevelopment of the Tweed Hospital

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A Foley Labor Government will invest $211 million for the long overdue redevelopment of The Tweed Hospital – without the need to privatise the electricity network.

Labor’s $211 million funding will deliver stage one, two and three of the redevelopment and will include:

  • Upgrades to the emergency department;
  • Enhancement of specialist units and ward expansions with up to 140 extra beds;
  • Up to 22 extra beds in the renal dialysis ward;
  • Expansions to clinical services, such as the intensive care unit, cancer clinic, operating theatres, special care nursery, stroke unit, medical imaging and pharmacy; and
  • Geriatric evaluation and maintenance beds.
  • This is in stark contrast to the Liberals and Nationals who have reluctantly promised $48 million to the hospital.

This funding reservation recognises that The Tweed Hospital serves Tweed, Byron and the southern Gold Coast in Queensland.

Labor’s plan for the redevelopment of the Tweed Hospital is not dependent upon the privatisation of the electricity network.

Labor Leader Luke Foley was joined by Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord and Country Labor Candidate for Tweed Ron Goodman at The Tweed Hospital to make the announcement.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“A Labor Government will reserve the funds needed for a major redevelopment of The Tweed Hospital – and we will do it without privatising the electricity network.

“The Tweed Hospital needs to expand its facilities and services to meet the needs of the region’s growing population.

“The people of the Tweed deserve the best quality healthcare when they are sick or injured – this will be a top priority of a Foley Labor Government.

“Labor’s fully-funded infrastructure plan places a priority on investing more money in our regional hospitals.

“Labor is investing $1 billion more than the Liberals and Nationals in our schools and hospitals – and we are doing it without privatising the electricity network.

“In addition Labor will protect the billions of dollars in revenue our profitable electricity network generate which helps pay for nurses, teachers and police.

Quotes attributable to Country Labor Candidate for Tweed Ron Goodman:

“The Tweed Hospital is one of the State’s busiest hospitals, experiencing consistently high attendances in its emergency department and long waiting lists.

“Last year 47,216 people attended the emergency department at The Tweed Hospital – that number will continue to grow over coming years and our hospital will need the space and resources to respond to this demand.

“Labor is committed to providing better health services to our local community and our reservation of $211 million for the three-stage redevelopment of The Tweed Hospital is above and beyond the commitment of the Liberals and Nationals – with no need to privatise the electricity network.

“Earlier this week the latest health figures revealed that patients at The Tweed Hospital are waiting 264 days for ear, nose and throat surgery and children are waiting 304 days to have tonsils removed.”

Key Facts

  • The Tweed Hospital is a regional referral, level 5 base hospital within the Northern NSW Local Health District, providing care to over 45,000 patients every year.
  • Last year 47,216 people attended the emergency department. It is one of the busiest in NSW. 
  • Demand for services will only continue to rise in line with population growth and ageing. The Tweed is expected to grow by more than 2300 residents every year for the next 16 years. 
  • Labor’s $211 million funding will deliver:
    • Upgrades to the emergency department;
    • Enhancement of specialist units and ward expansions with up to 140 extra beds;
    • Up to 22 extra beds in the renal dialysis ward;
    • Expansions to clinical services, such as the intensive care unit, cancer clinic, operating theatres, special care nursery, stroke unit, medical imaging and pharmacy;
    • There will be geriatric evaluation and maintenance beds.