Patients in Taree and the Great Lakes are set to benefit from two major health announcements from the Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has secured a massive $140 million for the redevelopment of Manning Base Hospital.

The Nationals in Government will transform the hospital creating expanded inpatient accommodation, refurbished operating theatres, a new critical care unit and new recovery beds and a new day surgery.

Mr Bromhead said the funding boost would continue work already started building a hospital of the future.

“In just the past two years, this Government has committed $40 million for Stage 1 to improve renal and cancer services, and the car parking. A further $100 million for Stage 2 will deliver a first-class hospital to meet the growing needs of patients right across our community,” Mr Bromhead said.

“In addition to our commitment to Manning Base Hospital, the Nationals in Government will commence planning for the future Forster-Tuncurry Hospital in consultation with nurses, doctors and the community.”

It comes after Mr Bromhead secured 10,000 signatures on a petition to build a hospital for the Great Lakes.

The Government’s careful management of the State’s economy has enabled money to be set aside for worthwhile projects such as transforming Manning Base Hospital and preparing for the future hospital at Forster-Tuncurry.

The Nationals in Government have spent almost $10 billion on building hospitals and health facilities in recent years and we won’t stop now. Over the next four years, we plan to invest over $8 billion in health infrastructure.

Communities across the Myall Lakes electorate will also benefit from Australia’s largest health workforce boost delivering 8300 more frontline staff to public hospitals in NSW, including 5000 nurses and midwives.

Based on current demand projections, Mr Bromhead said he was expecting the Local Health District to receive:
• 613 more nurses and midwives
• 113 more doctors
• 105 more allied health workers
• 148 more hospital support workers

“Myall Lakes will soon benefit from a $2.8 billion investment to recruit thousands more health staff on top of the 16,000 we have added to NSW since 2011,” Mr Bromhead said. “Labor promised hundreds more nurses across NSW in its election material but we are delivering an unprecedented 5000 extra nurses and midwives.”

“This increase in nurse numbers equates to even higher nurse to patient ratios than the NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association asked for and eclipses all Labor’s promises.”

“This means patients will have more nurses to look after them and nurses will have more colleagues to share the workload,” Mr Bromhead said. “No other State or Territory Government in the country is in such a strong economic position as NSW to deliver this commitment for our community.”

Under the Nationals in Government, the public health system has seen the nursing and midwifery workforce boosted by almost 20 per cent to 51,890 while since 2011, while doctor numbers have soared by 35 per cent to 12,100.

“We have built the Stage 1 Redevelopment of Manning Hospital and have announced Stage 2 in the next term of Government as well as planning for a new public hospital in Forster Tuncurry,” said Mr Bromhead. “As a former nurse I know that our Hospitals are more than bricks and mortar its our health professionals that make the difference.”

Hospital staff and the community will continue to have a say in the planning process to ensure the new health facilities for Manning meet the future needs of Taree and nearby areas.