Record investment from Labor to transform Central Coast health care services - without privatising electricity

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A Foley Labor Government will make a record investment of more than half a billion dollars to redevelop Central Coast hospitals and boost ambulance services without privatising the electricity network.

At today’s Central Coast campaign launch, Labor Leader Luke Foley announced that Labor would redevelop Wyong and Gosford hospitals – supported by a brand new Nurse Walk-in Centre and expanded Ambulance Service – as part of a new approach to health on the Central Coast.

As part of the comprehensive plan to cater for the region’s future population growth (see attached) – a Foley Labor Government will:

  • Invest $200 million to redevelop Wyong Hospital and create 79 new acute adult inpatient beds, four new intensive care unit beds, four new acute stroke patient beds, new emergency department treatment spaces, resuscitation rooms and two additional operating theatres. The upgraded hospital will also feature an expanded paediatric unit, chemotherapy, medical imaging capability and mental health services.
  • Invest $368 million to redevelop Gosford Hospital which will feature a brand new emergency department, expanded intensive care unit, improved operating theatre and maternity services.
  • Labor will establish a new Nurse Walk-in Centre on the Central Coast as part of its $40 million rollout of the centres in NSW. These will provide free medical advice for patients with minor injuries and illnesses between 7.30am and 10pm, seven days a week, to take pressure off Wyong and Gosford Hospitals.

  • The Central Coast will also benefit from the 500 new paramedics that Labor will fund across the State as part of a $46.6 million commitment between 2015 and 2019.

Under the Liberals, the bed occupancy rate at Central Coast hospitals is 95 per cent – and because of the trolley block, it takes ambulances an average of 42 minutes to stay with patients at Gosford – and 33 minutes in Wyong. 

The Abbott and Baird Governments’ $18 billion cuts to NSW health have hit Wyong and Gosford hospitals. In December, the Auditor General singled out Central Coast health district for failing to meet national treatment time benchmarks.

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley:

“This is a visionary package from Labor to transform Central Coast healthcare and ready the region for the future – without privatising electricity.

“More than half a billion dollars to redevelop Wyong and Gosford Hospitals – complemented by a significantly boosted Ambulance Service. A brand new Nurse Walk in Centre. This is a new approach and a record investment in healthcare on the Central Coast.

“We must prepare this region’s healthcare services for a growing population.

“No matter where you live on the Coast, I want families to have a quality health care option close to home.

“We are creating a modern network of healthcare facilities here on the Central Coast.

“The Central Coast has a choice between Labor which will invest – and the Liberals who are damaging the NSW health system with $18 billion of funding cuts.

“Labor’s plans for Central Coast hospital and ambulance services are fully funded. Our infrastructure plan delivers $1 billion more than the Liberals and Nationals for schools and hospitals. Unlike the Liberals, we will never make hospital upgrades contingent on privatising electricity.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord:

“The Central Coast is experiencing an unprecedented population boom – and as the region grows, Wyong and Gosford Hospitals must grow with it – supported by an expanded Ambulance Service and new innovations like the Nurse Walk in Centre.

“The Central Coast population is expected to grow by 11.6 per cent by 2021 to reach more than 355,000 people. The greatest proportional increase will be people aged 70 years and over.

“Residents on the Coast have higher mortality rates in the areas of stroke, cancer and respiratory disease.

“There are 5,000 local residents living with dementia and that number could triple by 2050. So we must position the region’s health care system for the future.”

Read more about Labor's pledge to Central Coast hospitals.