NSW Labor to move NSW Health to south west Sydney

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A Foley Labor Government will move the NSW Ministry of Health and its associated activities from North Sydney to Liverpool in Sydney’s southwest.

This will also move hundreds of jobs to Sydney’s southwest and shift the key decision-makers for health from North Sydney to western Sydney – where the majority of Sydney’s families and patients live.

In addition, the re-location will expand the existing health precinct at Liverpool Hospital – which is a principal referral and teaching hospital.

In March 2014, the Liberals-Nationals announced that they would “relocate and consolidate more than 3,000 public servants to new offices in western Sydney” – yet this has not occurred.

Labor’s announcement stands in stark contrast to the Liberal-National Government’s plans to move the Ministry of Health at North Sydney to a St Leonards’ site by 2019.

Furthermore, the re-location of the Ministry of Health to Liverpool will result in a cost saving, due to lower rent.

A Liverpool-based Ministry of Health will be closer to the larger and expanded hospitals of western Sydney including Westmead, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Campbelltown, Nepean, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Fairfield and Liverpool.

Relocating the Ministry of Health will create additional employment opportunities and expand the existing health precinct in the Liverpool area.

Labor will move the Ministry of Health in 2016.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley

“A Labor Government will move the Ministry of Health to southwest Sydney, in the middle of a key health district – and with it, hundreds of jobs.

“I’ve said since the first day of my leadership that I want to bring jobs closer to where people live – so people can spend less time commuting to the centre of Sydney, and more time with their loved ones.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord

“Last year, the Liberals promised to move 3,000 public sector jobs to Western Sydney – the Liberals have failed to deliver on this commitment.

“Labor will move the Ministry of Health to one of the fastest growing regions in the state, the health precinct of Liverpool.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Liverpool Paul Lynch

“A Foley Labor Government will bring hundreds of jobs to the growing health precinct in Liverpool.

“It just makes sense to have the Ministry of Health located closer to where people live, and closer to the many hospitals in greater Western Sydney.”

Key facts:

  • The policy will involve an immediate cost of $12.5 million and then will deliver annual savings of around $1.5 million ongoing. This net impact over three years is a cost of $9 million. The immediate cost includes fit out, relocation and information technology support. It will take three months to fit it out and move staff to the new location.
  • The latest publicly available data obtained under formal Questions on Notice show that in April 2012 there were 493 full time employees at the Miller Street head office.
  • Liverpool Hospital has been operating since the late-1790s and is now the largest hospital and tertiary referral centre in the State.