Patients at Mt Druitt Hospital will benefit from more than $3 million in Gillard Labor Government health funding, which will pay for 10 new sub acute beds, a new CT scanner, and vital new equipment for the emergency department.
The funding was announced in a visit to the hospital today by Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mark Butler and Federal Labor candidate for Chifley Ed Husic.
“The Gillard Labor Government is delivering better health and hospitals in the Federal electorate of Chifley, investing $3 million for 10 sub acute beds, $111,000 for new paediatric resuscitation equipment and special patients with trauma, and $202,000 for anaesthetic machines and equipment and specialised orthopaedic surgery equipment,” Mr Butler said.
“We are also providing $1.2 million for a new CT Scanner.
“The funding builds on the Gillard Labor Government’s record $7.4 billion health budget, which will deliver more doctors, more nurses, more hospital beds and shorter waiting times for all Australians.”
“Tony Abbott and the Coalition have promised to slash the Federal Labor Government’s significant reforms to the health system, including cutting GP Super Clinics, cutting e-health, and cutting after-hours services that families with young children rely on.”
Federal Labor Candidate for Chifley Ed Husic welcomed the announcement, saying it provided a major boost to healthcare resources for Mt Druitt.
“These additional resources will enhance Mt Druitt Hospital’s role as a specialist hospital particularly in relation to elective surgery and rehabilitation services and will provide better access to these services for the community,” Mr Husic said.
“Mt Druitt Hospital treats more than 30,000 people each year in its emergency department, provides more than 3,000 planned surgical procedures and provides 214,000 outpatient services.
“The new sub acute beds will create capacity to increase throughput through the Rehabilitation Unit and the investment in the beds, equipment and the Elective Surgery Centre will mean Mt Druitt Hospital can perform more elective surgery.
“The Gillard Labor Government recognises the increasing demand for health services in Sydney’s West, particularly in our area, one of the fastest growing areas in the country.”
Mr Husic said the Federal Labor Government’s investment stands in stark contrast to the Liberal-National Coalition’s plan to cut health and hospital services.
“Tony Abbott has promised that a Liberal-led Coalition Government would cut emergency departments, cut elective surgery, cut GP services and cut the wages of nurses working in general practice – just like he slashed $1 billion for services when he was in charge of health as Health Minister in the previous government.
“A Gillard Labor Government will move Australia forward with record investment and the most significant reforms to the health and hospitals system since the introduction of Medicare.”
The latest announcement today is in addition to other significant investment in Mt Druitt Hospital campus, including:
- Increased numbers of emergency physicians working in the Emergency Department, Mt Druitt Hospital campus.
- Enhanced patient transport services to ensure safe and timely patient transfers.
Funding for this program is already included in the budget.