Stronger local hospitals
The NSW Government is looking to partner with Australia’s best hospital operators to upgrade hospitals in Maitland, Wyong, Shellharbour and Bowral. Sharing construction costs with partner operators means the new hospitals will be built faster and cost taxpayers less, with savings reinvested into health services.
The NSW Government has committed:
- more than $400 million for a major new Maitland Hospital
- more than $250 million to redevelop Shellharbour Hospital
- $200 million for major expansion at Wyong Hospital
- $50 million to increase services at Bowral Hospital.
The NSW Government is committed to ensuring local communities have better access to modern hospital services and facilities.
There will be no change to the way patients access free healthcare.
What does this mean?
- Free public healthcare
- Better equipment in state-of-the-art facilities
- More doctors and nurses working in the community
- More local services — less need to travel.
Public patient services will be fully funded by the NSW Government
The hospitals will provide free health care to public patients, just as other NSW public hospitals do. As a public patient you will be able to use the new hospitals, including the Emergency Department, in exactly the same way that you currently use your local public hospital.
Public and private patients will both have access to the new hospital and public patients will not be disadvantaged. Operators will be required to treat all patients on the basis of need.
More services will be available locally
Entering a partnership will mean more services can be provided. With more services delivered locally, patients will have less need to travel out of area for essential healthcare. We will consult with the local community to find out which services are most needed.
More doctors and nurses
With the new hospitals across NSW expected to employ more than 1000 additional staff, this will provide more opportunities for staff to work in state-of-the-art facilities. For example, by partnering with a non-government organisation for the new Northern Beaches Hospital, the NSW Government is saving $1.5 billion over the life of the contract, which is being reinvested back into our health system. This is the equivalent of 650 extra nurses employed across NSW or 170 extra doctors per year.
Permanent staff will be offered a position, provided an equivalent position exists, along with a two year employment guarantee. In addition, there will be more employment and training opportunities within the region.