June has seen some significant milestones for the new Maitland Hospital.
On the 19th June, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed in the NSW Budget, the funding commitment for the Hospital had been increased from $450million to $470 million. In 2018/19 $23.5million will be spent in the early stages of construction.
On the 22nd June, NSW Health Infrastructure released the Environmental Impact Statement outlining impacts on the local Metford area including traffic, public transport, access to the Hospital and the footprint of the Hospital. The community is invited to have its say up to the 19th July through the website www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au
Earlier this week Hunter New England Health provided to the public the New Maitland Hospital Service Statement. It can be viewed at www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au
The Statement describes the planning concepts behind the new hospital; the services to be provided and resources such as bed numbers and types. It is being built for a significant increase (but ageing) in population in the Lower Hunter.
Also it has been confirmed the tender process for construction is underway and should be finalised in six months.
These are exciting developments. Shovels are in the ground. The NSW Liberal National Government is delivering on its promise.
What we haven't seen is any meaningful commitment from Labor. No funding in their Budget in Reply. No undertakings from the Shadow Health Minister. Late last year, ALP's Hon Walt Secord MLC said Labor would firm up on its promises in 2018. We are half way through the year and Maitland Hospital appears to have been forgotten by Labor.
The evidence shows only the Liberals will deliver the new Maitland Hospital.