NSW Health to meet hospital beds target
NSW Health moved quickly to dispel suggestions that the NSW Government was failing to meet targets for reducing hospital waiting times and increasing investment in State hospital infrastructure.
Mrs Skinner said that as of December 2013, 865 additional beds had been made available as part of a $4.7 billion investment in NSW health capital and ICT infrastructure. Following on from the recent announcement of 1800 newly qualified nurses joining hospital facilities across NSW, Mrs Skinner presented a picture of consistent progress in pursuit of pre-election targets.
“We are also opening new beds through our $4.7 billion hospital redevelopment program in our first term of government.
“There is no cut of any shape or size to the NSW Health budget. The NSW Government has invested a record $17.9 billion in 2013/14 to enhance patient care and bolster our workforce."
Mrs Skinner promised to continue working toward improving hospital performance, citing improvements in the quality of patient care; increased numbers of qualified hospital staff; and reduction in hospital waiting times as the main priorities moving forward.