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NSW invests $900M into health capital works

A $17.6 billion stimulus package has been announced for businesses and households to deal with challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.

Regional and rural areas in NSW will receive $900 million for new and upgraded regional hospitals and health facilities, on top of recurrent funding of $26.4 billion.

The investment includes more than $72 million for the new Tweed Hospital Redevelopment, at an estimated total cost of more than $673 million, more than $10 million for the new Shellharbour Hospital, at an estimated cost of almost $699 million and $10 million to commence the Eurobodalla Health Service redevelopment, at an estimated total cost of $200 million.

In addition, more than $611 million will go to continued investment in Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Inverell, Goulburn, Griffith, Lismore, New Maitland, Tumut, Wagga Wagga, and Wyong hospitals.

Hospital redevelopments in Cowra, Glen Innes, Manning Stage 2 and Shoalhaven will commence, with planning for future commitments, including hospital and health facilities in Forster-Tuncurry, Grafton, Gunnedah and Moree.

In addition to the hospital upgrades or redevelopments, the investment includes funding to continue delivering the Multipurpose Services (MPS) and Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration programs.

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More than $33 million will go towards the ongoing development of MPS for health and aged care in small and remote rural communities as part of the $297 million MPS program.

The Rural Ambulance Reconfiguration Program will receive more than $7 million to continue the first stage, at an estimated cost of more than $122 million. The program will also receive more than $18 million towards Stage 2, at an estimated total cost of $100 million.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the State Government is investing in its people and its future by delivering quality services for everyone in NSW.

“No corner of the state will be left wanting when it comes to health facilities, thanks to the NSW Government’s record $10.7 billion health infrastructure pipeline over the next four years,” Barilaro said.

“Of the 47 NSW hospital redevelopments or upgrades underway or set to commence in 2020-21, nearly two-thirds are located in rural and regional parts of NSW.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government’s investment would not only delivering health care to the bush but also create and support tens of thousands of jobs across the state, stimulating local economies and attracting medical staff to regional areas.

“From the Tweed to Eurobodalla and out to Cowra, the 2020-21 NSW Budget highlights the extent to which the NSW Government is delivering on health capital works in regional and rural areas,” he said.

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