Labor to invest in better health services for Campbelltown without the need for the Liberals' electricity blackmail

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Health services in Campbelltown will be the beneficiary of Labor’s fully-funded and costed plan to invest in better health and hospitals – without selling the electricity network. 

Labor’s health plan for Campbelltown includes:

  • Setting aside $100 million for a Paediatric Surgical Centre at Campbelltown Hospital;
  • Establishing a nurse Walk-in centre in south west Sydney to provide an alternative for families than queuing in busy emergency departments;
  • More nurses in the emergency department and paediatric ward at Campbelltown Hospital;
  • More paramedics on the roads responding to emergency calls; and
  • Establishing a 24 hour pharmacy in south-western Sydney for parents with sick child after hours.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“Labor’s plan to invest in better healthcare in Campbelltown does not require the risky privatisation of the electricity network.

“If Mike Baird can’t get his electricity sale through he can’t fund any of his promises including Campbelltown Hospital.

“Only Labor is offering a fully-funded and costed plan to provide better health services in Campbelltown.

“Unlike the Liberals, Labor’s plan for health services in Campbelltown is not contingent on the bribe that the community must have their electricity network privatised.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Campbelltown Greg Warren:

“The Liberals have slashed $3 billion our health system, and now on the eve of the election they are desperately blackmailing the Macarthur community by linking upgrades to Campbelltown Hospital to their risky plan to privatise our electricity network.

“If the Liberals are allowed to sell the electricity network, they will rip away more than $1 billion that pay for hospitals, nurses and paramedics when they hand the electricity dividends over to a private company.

“Labor has announced new nurses, paramedics and a $100 million paediatric surgical centre to support Campbelltown Hospital – none of which is conditional on privatising electricity.”

KEY FACTS ABOUT CAMPBELLTOWN HOSPITAL UNDER MIKE BAIRD

  • 39 per cent of patients wait more than four hours in emergency (eighth most under-pressure emergency ward in the State)
  • Waits for elective surgery are among the longest in Australia (source: Bureau of Health Information October-December 2014)
  • 352 day wait for ear, nose and throat surgery;
  • 356 day wait for children to get their tonsils out;
  • 317 day wait for orthopaedic surgery.