Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres has yet again called out Labor for their continued hypocrisy in relation to Nepean Hospital.
“Labor cut funding to Nepean so badly that the Hospital was on its knees when I was elected. Their failure to plan for growth was appalling. Every year since, we have made progress and improvements to correct the mess that was left behind,” Mr Ayres said.
“Only this Government has committed to a $576 million upgrade to help serve our growing community and provide the world-class health care that it deserves.
“This stands in stark contrast to Labor who care so little about the people of Penrith that they haven’t committed a single cent.
“Labor’s record in relation to Nepean Hospital is abysmal.
“In 2004 they opened an upgraded Emergency Department that they claimed would meet the needs a growing community by catering for 40,000 presentations per year.
“Last year the Emergency Department saw 71,000 people- typical of Labor’s terrible track record when it comes to building infrastructure.
“We also know that as well as the infrastructure you need to invest in the doctors and nurses that make the hospital work, that’s why by the end of the last financial year we had added almost 800 additional full-time equivalent staff including 119 more doctors and nearly 300 more nurses since 2012.
“The 2017/18 budget for NBMLHD is over $793 million, an increase of almost 60% since we came to government.
“Despite a growing population, Nepean Hospital has seen improvement in performance when compared to the same quarter in 2010 under Labor, including nearly 15 per cent more patients through the Emergency Department within 4 hours and nearly 14 per cent more patients receiving their surgery on time.
“While Labor continue to try and divert people’s attention from their record, this government will continue to deliver its $576 million upgrade as well as unprecedented levels of funding for more nurses and doctors,” said Mr Ayres.