Labor reserves $351 million to build the Nepean Hospital of the future - without privatising electricity

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A Foley Labor Government will invest $351 million to redevelop Nepean Hospital without privatising the electricity network.

Labor’s plan (see attached) will deliver the much-awaited Stage 4 of the hospital’s redevelopment – including:

  • An enhanced Comprehensive Cancer Centre with chemotherapy, radiation and oncology services;
  • Enhanced renal, cardiology and neurology services;
  • Up to four new operating theatres;
  • An enhanced emergency department;
  • A new High Dependency Unit; and
  • New and enhanced birthing suites. 

An additional $4 million is allocated for planning works which would begin immediately under a Foley Labor Government.

Luke Foley made the announcement at Nepean Hospital today with Labor Candidates Emma Husar (Penrith), Todd Carney (Mulgoa), Prue Car (Londonderry) and Trish Doyle (Blue Mountains).

Nepean Hospital is the principal referral hospital for the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. It is already struggling to cope with population demand and $18 billion in funding cuts to NSW hospitals by the Baird and Abbott governments.

Today, 44 per cent of emergency patients wait more than 4 hours for treatment. This makes it the fourth most overworked hospital in the State.

Labor’s $351 million redevelopment will increase the capacity of the hospital to meet demand. The population of the Local Health District will grow by another 100,000 by 2035.

Labor’s funding reservation for Nepean Hospital is out of the $1.7 billion unlocked for extra health infrastructure as part of the $10.05 billion infrastructure plan A Better Way.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:
“Labor will build the Nepean Hospital of tomorrow – without privatising the electricity network

“We are setting aside $351 million to complete Stage 4 of the redevelopment, which includes first-class services including a comprehensive cancer centre, new operating theatres and an enhanced emergency department.

“We are determined to ensure healthcare services in Penrith and the Lower Blue Mountains will cope with the population demand in coming years.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Penrith Emma Husar:
“This is a great announcement by Labor that will be welcomed by families in Penrith. We need to build the healthcare services our community needs now and for the future. I am proud to be part of a Labor team that has the right priorities for Penrith.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Londonderry Prue Car:
“Labor will redevelop Nepean Hospital, recruit more nurses and paramedics and establish two innovative new Nurse Walk-in Centres in Western Sydney to take the pressure off our public hospitals. It’s a new approach, it’s fully funded – and it doesn’t rely on blackmailing the community into accepting the privatisation of electricity.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Blue Mountains Trish Doyle:
“This is fantastic news for the Mountains – and particularly Lower Mountains communities that rely so heavily on Nepean Hospital. Keeping our electricity network in public hands means we keep the billions of dollars in profits these assets generate to pay for nurses, paramedics, teachers and police.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Mulgoa Todd Carney:
“The staff at Nepean Hospital are doing a heroic job in the face of the Liberal Government funding cuts. The fact remains that Nepean has one of the most overworked emergency departments in NSW. Forty-four per cent of patients are forced to wait more than four hours for treatment. A Labor Government will ensure the hospital finally receives the funding support it needs.”

Key Facts

  • Nepean Hospital is one of the most under pressure hospitals in NSW.
  • 44 per cent of patients wait more than 4 hours in emergency (up from 34 per cent a year ago).
  • There has been an eight per cent growth in emergency attendances over the past year.
  • Treatment times are blowout out across all emergency triage categories. For example: patients reporting to emergency with “urgent” conditions such as blood loss and dehydration are forced to wait an average of 30 minutes at Nepean. This compares with 18 minutes across NSW as a whole.
  • Link to the latest Bureau of Health Information report on Nepean Hospital: http://www.bhi.nsw.gov.au/?a=257206
  • The plan for Nepean Hospital is supported by Labor’s plans to recruit 840 new nurses and 500 paramedics across the state. The extra nurses will allow Labor to legislate 1:3 nurse to patient ratios for emergency departments and paediatric units
  • Labor has already announced major redevelopments at Westmead Hospital, St George Hospital and a new Paediatric Surgical Centre at Campbelltown Hospital.
  • Labor’s priority funding for health comes on top of existing capital expenditure in the budget – valued at around $15 billion a year.

Read more about Labor's plan to redevelop Nepean Hospital.