Letter to the Editor - Maitland Hospital
23rd June 2017
On Tuesday the Liberal National Government confirmed $450 million for the new Lower Hunter hospital, with $5million allocated in 2017/18 for planning.
This Labor MPs in the Hunter seized on this saying it was too little.
Essentially the ALP representatives are pushing to fast track the planning, consultation, and site preparation for the project.
Let's look at what happened the last time Labor was in Government and took short cuts.
Labor built a new hospital at Bathurst and didn't manage the project carefully. When it opened, the emergency alarm system didn't work; sewage leaked in through the ceiling onto patients beds and into intensive care.Pediactric and general surgery rooms were built too small and not to national guidelines. Some of the new buildings had to be modified.
The community of Maitland and lower Hunter deserve a safe, modern, comprehensive health service at a new hospital. The staff deserve to work in a clean, functional, fit for purpose environment.
Labor is chasing a headline about the budget. The NSW Liberal government is building a $450 million hospital that will ably serve the region for decades. Let's do the job properly, not for a self-serving political schedule.