Labor Government will deliver a new operating theatre and enhanced emergency department for Ballina Hospital

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A Foley Labor Government will provide $7.3 million towards the construction of a brand new operating theatre and emergency department upgrade at Ballina Hospital. 

A Foley Labor Government will provide $7.3 million towards the construction of a brand new operating theatre and emergency department upgrade at Ballina Hospital

Labor’s investment will ensure the operating theatre meets the national standard in terms of size. The Federal Government has already committed $4.5 million towards the works, Labor’s investment will ensure the job is completed to national standard.

Labor’s commitment to Ballina Hospital does not rely on the privatisation of the electricity network.

Labor plans to improve Ballina Hospital will also deliver a much needed upgrade to the emergency department.

Labor Leader Luke Foley was joined by Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord and Country Labor Candidate for Ballina Paul Spooner at Ballina Hospital to make the announcement.

Quotes attributable to Labor leader Luke Foley:

“A Labor Government will always prioritise investing money in our health services; the people of NSW deserve no less than the best health system in the world.

“Providing quality healthcare to the sick and injured in our communities should always be a top priority of any government – it will be a top priority of a Foley Labor Government.

“A funding partnership with the Federal Government is the common sense way to ensure that Ballina Hospital has an operating theatre that will provide high quality surgical health care for decades to come.

“A Labor Government will hold Tony Abbott to account and demand that he honours his funding commitment to Ballina Hospital.

“The Liberals and Nationals are trying to blackmail local communities into supporting their risky electricity privatisation plan.

“Labor’s plan to invest in essential healthcare is fully-funded in our infrastructure plan – we will keep the electricity network in public hands.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor Candidate for Ballina Paul Spooner:

“A Foley Labor Government will invest in our health system and provide the essential services that Ballina deserves.

“I am very pleased to have Luke Foley in Ballina to announce that a Labor Government will provide the money needed to ensure we get a new state-of-the-art operating theatre and upgrades to the emergency department.

“I’ve been listening to local health experts and advocates about getting the health infrastructure at Ballina Hospital right – that’s why a Labor Government will provide the additional funding needed to build a state-of-the-art operating theatre that will provide quality surgical care for decades to come.

“The North Coast is a very attractive place for empty nesters, sea and tree changers but that means we need to have the resources in place to support the health needs of older Australians who will be spending their retirement years in the region.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals have spent the last four years slashing the health budget by $3 billion and Tony Abbott intends to cut another $15 billion from our health system on top of that.

“Only a Labor Government will invest in our health system and work with doctors and nurses to provide the best quality health care we can for our people.”

Key Facts

  • Labor’s $7.3 million plan for Ballina Hospital contains $5 million for upgrading the emergency department and $2.3 million to ensure the new operating theatre meets national standards.
  • Ballina District Hospital is a local community, level 3 rural hospital, within the Northern New South Wales Local Health District.
  • The Hospital provides care to over 8,300 patients every year.
  • There were 16,296 attendances at the Ballina Hospital emergency department in the past year.
  • The Ballina District Hospital Operating Theatres and Day Surgery Unit utilises one theatre and a 4 bed and 4 chair Day Surgery Unit.
  • Specialities include General, Vascular, Urology and Gynaecological surgery.
  • The population of Ballina is expected to grow to more than 51,000 by 2026 – an increase of nearly 20% on the 2006 population.