$780 MILLION TO REDEVELOP JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will deliver a major redevelopment of John Hunter Hospital, enhancing comprehensive healthcare in Newcastle, including the latest in emergency medicine, cancer care and surgical services on a new site.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $780 million investment would bring total health infrastructure investment in the region to more than $1 billion, and was made possible by the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

“This investment by the NSW Liberals & Nationals will ensure people in the Hunter have the best available healthcare close to home, and that the Hunter can attract the best clinicians,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This redevelopment will deliver better surgical and critical care services, an expanded emergency department, better diagnostic and support facilities, and a jobs boom for the Hunter.

“The precinct will create more than 7800 jobs, attract associated businesses, industries and research, and offer students pathways to jobs.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said work on the planned redevelopment will commence in the next term of government, and is part of more than $8 billion dollars in health infrastructure being invested over the next years.

“Since coming to office, the NSW Liberals & Nationals have delivered more than 100 new and upgraded hospitals and health facilities, with more than half of those in regional areas,” Mr Hazzard said.

“We recently completed work at John Hunter Children’s Hospital paediatric and neonatal intensive care units, boosting the hospital’s ability to care for the sickest babies.

“Coupled with our $470 million investment at Maitland to build a new hospital 70 per cent larger than the current one, and our commitment to expand Manning Hospital, the Liberals & Nationals will invest more than $1 billion dollars in health infrastructure in the region,” Mr Hazzard said.

In addition to record infrastructure investment, the Government will add 8300 frontline staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives in a $2.8 billion workforce boost. This will include at least 979 staff in the Hunter New England Local Health District: 613 nurses and midwives, 113 doctors, 105 allied health staff and 148 hospital support workers.