Bill Shorten was campaigning on the South Coast today, and has promised $25 from the Commonwealth toward a new Eurobodalla Hospital.
Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has announced in Moruya today that a Labor Government would boost health services for people in the Eurobodalla Shire by investing $25 million to help build a new Eurobodalla Hospital. Taking Labor's overall commitment to the hospital to $200 million dollars.
Last October NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced $150 million for a new hospital to be built in the shire.
The NSW election will be held on the 23rd of March. A date for the Federal election is yet to be announced, but is likely to be in May.
In a press release Mr Shorten said, "Our $25 million commitment is part of Labor’s Fair Go Action Plan to protect Medicare and fix our hospitals, and is on top of a $175 million commitment by the NSW Labor Opposition, because only Labor – state and federal – can be trusted to fix NSW hospitals.
"People in the Eurobodalla Shire – from South Durras to Tilba Tilba – deserve the same access to vital hospital care as people in Sydney and larger regions. But thanks to the Liberals’ cuts and neglect, Eurobodalla hospital services have been downgraded and patients are forced to travel hours for basic procedures.
Mr Shorten said Scott Morrison had cut $5.3 million from Southern NSW hospitals between 2017 and 2020 and said Federal Labor's $25 million investment would go towards:
- A state of the art emergency department.
- Operating theatres.
- Maternity and paediatric services
- Pathology servicesRadiology services including X-ray, ultrasound and
- CT scanning
- Palliative care
- A helipad
- Up to 20 mental health beds
- Community drug and alcohol services
- A rehabilitation unit
He said Labor would consult extensively with the Eurobodalla community to determine the best site for the new hospital.
"While the NSW Liberals have also recognised the need for a new Eurobodalla Hospital, they have woefully underfunded the project, with fears the planned hospital will exclude inpatient mental health services. This is a slap in the face for a region that faces mental health and alcohol and other drug challenges.
"Labor’s combined $200 million commitment includes $50 million more than the Liberals have promised, and builds on federal Labor’s existing commitment that a Shorten Government will grant a full Medicare MRI licence to the region, boosting access to life-saving scans.
"Labor believes every Australian should get the best quality health care whenever they need it – no matter if you live in Sydney or regional New South Wales."
He said Labor could afford to help build a new hospital in Eurobodalla, because it was tackling "unfair tax loopholes and making multinationals pay their fair share".