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NSW budget provides for hospital construction

21 June 2013 - 4:42pm

The NSW budget has granted more than $1.2 billion to fund construction projects on health care facilities around the state.

Jillian Skinner, health minister, said the funding - which represents an increase of 10 per cent when compared with last year's budget - demonstrates the government is committed to rebuilding NSW's hospital system.

A large number of upgrades will be commencing and continuing "from Peak Hill to Port Macquarie, Bega to Blacktown Mount Druitt," revealed Ms Skinner in a June 19 statement.

The Royal North Shore Hospital and Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital came out on top in terms of funding this year.

A total of $81.8 million has been allocated to the former to continue the $144.4 million reconstruction of its clinical services' building, and a further $71.1 million has been put toward the Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital's much-needed $270 million upgrade.

St George Hospital's $39 million emergency department revamp (which is currently underway) has also been given an extra $19.5 million to see the it through to completion.

In addition to this, the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, Northern Beaches Health Service and Campbelltown Hospital have all received millions of dollars to finish their upgrades and expansions.

Ms Skinner announced that the NSW government has set aside so much for these health care service upgrades so the state's "clinicians, nurses and other hospital staff have facilities to match their outstanding levels of professionalism and care for patients".

"The capital funding provisions for health in the NSW budget is about more than bricks and mortar," she said. "It is about building the hospitals and health care facilities our patients and staff expect and deserve."

The health care services in NSW's rural and regional areas will also benefit from this budget. In particular, a grant of $32.8 million will see construction commence on the new $170.1 million South East Regional Hospital, which will be located in Bega.

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