Labor to invest $270 million for a new Goulburn Hospital

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A Foley Labor Government will invest $270 million to build a new Goulburn Hospital on a greenfield site – without selling our electricity network.

Labor will immediately commit $20 million for site acquisition and planning for the new hospital, and will reserve $250 million for the new Goulburn Hospital out of Labor’s A Better Way infrastructure plan.

The new hospital will include an emergency department and consolidate services including medical, surgical, paediatrics, intensive care, gastroenterology, psychiatric and rehabilitation.

Final decisions on the project design and funding will be made following the planning process and consultation with the local community and medical staff. Construction to will begin once site acquisition and planning is complete – and the funding for this hospital does not rely on electricity privatisation.

The hospital will remain a teaching hospital associated with local universities.
The Liberal Government has committed only $120 million to redevelop the existing space constrained Goulburn Base Hospital site. However, the local health district acknowledges the existing site will not meet future demand in the area.

A new hospital, built by Labor, will be able to provide more services and improved patient care and outcomes – responding appropriately to the region’s changing demographics.

The new Goulburn Hospital is supported by Labor’s plans to recruit 840 new nurses as part of its nurse to patient ratios policy and 500 paramedics across the State.

Goulburn Hospital will benefit from legislated ratios in the emergency department. Under Labor there will be one nurse for every three patients, and one nurse for every resuscitation bed in the emergency department.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley

"Labor will build a new Goulburn Hospital without privatising electricity.

“We will use the dividends from our publicly-owned electricity network to invest in better health services for the Goulburn area.

“The historic Goulburn Base Hospital is no longer a suitable site. A new hospital will provide the health services needed to support the local ageing population in the years to come.

“A state-of-the-art hospital is critical to cater for Goulburn’s ageing population – and Labor will deliver it.

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Goulburn Dr Ursula Stephens

"This announcement is a huge win for the local community. We know that simply upgrading Goulburn Base Hospital will not meet the needs of the growing population.

“Labor will set invest $270 million to build a new Goulburn Hospital, on a new site.

"Under Labor, families of Goulburn will receive a modern, world class hospital – and the electricity network will stay in public hands.”

Background:

  • Goulburn Base Hospital was opened in 1889. It is an historic building – but the hospital has outgrown it.
  • The population of the combined Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shire projected to increase by almost 15 per cent between 2011 and 2031, from 35,800 to 41,000. The local health district notes that the growth will be in the population aged 60 years and older.
  • Last year there were 16,680 presentations at the Goulburn Base Hospital emergency department. In the last quarter of 2014 (October – December), 24 per cent of patients waited more than four hours for treatment in the emergency department. The median waiting time for non-urgent elective surgery during that same quarter was 316 days. This is unacceptably long.
  • Medical staff have called for a new hospital in Goulburn, instead of upgrading the existing hospital, describing it as a “very ancient building” and an “infirmary from last century”. The existing site is described as being very “congested”. The 2013 Asset Strategic Plan for Southern NSW Local Health District notes that the “facility will not meet future demand for health services in Goulburn”.