Hospital upgrade to be slow and steady

Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Chris Lane
Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Chris Lane

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren has labelled the state government’s announced $632 million upgrade for Campbelltown Hospital as a “hoax” and misleading.

On Saturday NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the major project which would lead to increased paediatric, mental health and emergency services.

However, budget papers – released today – show only $10 million will be spent on the project in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Half of that will be spent on car parking.

Mr Warren was fuming when he laid his eyes on the budget papers.

“Upon hearing the government’s announcement on Saturday, I was hopeful for our community and our dedicated hospital staff,” he said.

“However, after seeing the budget papers today, to say I’m disappointed would be an understatement.

“Our community is right to be outraged by the Premier and her government deliberately deceiving and misleading our community.

“Whether it’s families with young children needing better paediatric services, older people waiting for months on elective surgery waiting lists, or anyone being forced to wait hours for emergency care, this is a real kick in the guts to our community that desperately needs better health services.

“Our population in Macarthur is set to exceed half a million people within the next 20 years, so we need to be investing in better services now, not making token gestures and kicking the hard work down the road for another day.”

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell defended the 2017/2018 funding.

He said he expected the majority of funding would be delivered in the following financial year.

“The second year (2018/2019) there will be a huge number (of dollars),” he said.

Mr Rowell said he was confident initial physical works on the upgrade would begin in the next 12 months.