Labor's new approach to health - all without the need to privatise the electricity network

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A Foley Labor Government will implement a comprehensive health and hospital plan to respond to NSW’s growing and ageing population – without the need to privatise the electricity network. 

Labor’s plan for NSW health will build, upgrade and expand hospitals including emergency departments and operating theatres; employ more nurses in emergency departments and paediatric wards under nurse-to-patient ratios; put more paramedics on the roads responding to emergency calls; and embrace new concepts like nurse-led Walk-in Centres, 24 hour pharmacies, flu shots in chemists and piloting a re-designed emergency department with specialised support for children and the elderly.

This is in the face of $3 billion in cuts to health and hospitals by the Baird Government and $15 billion by the Abbott Government.

Labor will provide an extra $1.7 billion for health infrastructure as part of our A Better Way infrastructure funding plan. It has been fully costed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office. NSW Labor is the first Opposition in Australia to have its policies fully costed and submitted for such scrutiny.

Labor has shown that there is A Better Way with our fully-funded and fully-costed infrastructure plan that will unlock an extra $1.7 billion to invest in our hospitals and better health services for our communities.

A Labor Government will:

  • Build, upgrade and expand NSW hospitals with $1.7 billion in additional unlocked funds;
  • Keep public hospitals in public hands;
  • Employ an additional 840 nurses –735 nurses in emergency and 105 in paediatric wards – under nurse-to-patient ratios;
  • Put an additional 500 paramedics and associated equipment and ambulances to respond to emergency calls;
  • Establish four nurse-led Walk-in Centres to take pressure off busy emergency departments;
  • Abolish the chemotherapy co-payment;
  • Provide five additional paediatric surgeons;
  • Pilot a re-designed emergency department with separate paediatric and geriatric rooms;
  • Trial the expansion of 24 hour pharmacies;
  • Allow pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations;
  • Support patients in rural and regional communities access the best healthcare;
  • Legalise the use of medicinal cannabis by the terminally ill and people with chronic conditions;
  • Move the Ministry of Health from North Sydney to Liverpool;
  • Provide free whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy;
  • Support women’s health centres with funding certainty over the next five years;
  • Bring e-cigarettes and vaporisers into line with existing restrictions on smoking;
  • Increase funding to the three adult cystic fibrosis clinics;
  • Fund the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder clinic at Westmead; and
  • Require registered nurses to be on duty at all times in aged care facilities.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“Labor will deliver a new approach to hospitals and health services in our state. This is without the need to privatise the electricity network.

“Labor will invest more money in our health and hospital system than the Liberals and Nationals and we’ll keep the electricity network and the valuable dividends in public hands.

“Mike Baird has been using hospital upgrades as blackmail to force local communities to back his unpopular and risky plan to privatise the electricity network.

“I’m very excited about Labor’s plan to adopt a new approach to healthcare in NSW – we are putting more nurses into our hospitals and more paramedics on the roads and embracing new concepts like nurse-led Walk-in Centres, pharmacists providing flu vaccinations and a re-designed emergency department with specialised support for children and the elderly.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord:

“Labor understands the need to invest in our health system. The Liberals and Nationals are just using it as blackmail to for their risky plan to privatise the electricity network.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals’ record has been $3 billion in cuts to our health system and $15 billion from Tony Abbott.

“Only a Labor Government will provide the healthcare that our people deserve.”

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