Largest health workforce boost in history.

The Nationals in Government will undertake the largest ever health and allied health workforce boost, recruiting 8300 additional workers over four years.

The Nationals will invest $2.8 billion to recruit thousands of nurses, midwives and frontline staff to care for patients, far more than anything Labor has ever announced.

 This means the best standard of patient care, faster response times, reduced surgery waiting times and greater social, pharmaceutical and mental health support.

Regional NSW will receive nearly half of this workforce boost, with more than 3700 staff to be recruited into country towns and regional cities, including nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health and support staff.  This workforce boost will ensure even better services across the entire health system – from care in the home, to Emergency Departments, to operating theatres. The NSW health system will be stronger than ever.

The Nationals are able to make this commitment because of sound financial management over the past eight years. We have cleared the budget deficit and virtually eliminated the billions in State debt left by Labor.

The Nationals have already boosted the nursing and midwifery workforce by almost 20 per cent to 51,890 while in Government, and the number of doctors has soared 36 per cent to 12,100; eclipsing that seen under Labor. In total, 16,000 more frontline health staff have been employed since 2011, an increase of 23 per cent.

The Nationals have built or upgraded more than 100 hospitals and health facilities over the past eight years, and 100 more facilities are on the way in NSW. More than half of the hospital redevelopments and upgrades are in regional NSW, including Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, and a new hospital in Tweed.

No matter where they are, patients in the NSW health system will have more nurses to look after them, and more staff to support them, under the Nationals.

 The Nationals in Government will…

  • Hire more nurses: 5000 nurses and midwives across regional and metro areas of NSW, including mental health and residential care nurses.
  • Hire more doctors: 1060 more doctors to enhance response times for patients waiting in emergency departments, for elective surgery, and to access psychiatric care.
  • Hire more allied health staff: 880 additional allied health staff including pharmacists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
  • Hire more support staff: 1360 hospital support staff.