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Labor to invest millions on Emerald Hospital emergency department upgrade



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BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

SENATOR CHRIS KETTER SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

ZAC BEERS

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FLYNN

LABOR TO INVEST MILLIONS ON EMERALD HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT UPGRADE

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver better emergency care for the people of Emerald and the surrounding region with a major hospital upgrade.

Labor will invest $4.8 million to refurbish the Emerald Hospital Emergency Department as part of our commitment to building better hospitals in Queensland.

The investment will completely modernise this outdated and overstretched ward - improving quality, safety and confidentiality for patients.

The refurbishment will deliver:  A new dedicated resuscitation cubicle  Improved patient and clinical work flows  The latest clinical equipment  Better patient observation  More patient privacy  And the ability to provide enhanced models of care

Patients at Emerald Hospital often complain their privacy is compromised in the current

emergency department. The current facilities also make it hard for the hospital to attract and retain some clinical staff.

This upgrade will mean people across the Central Highlands will be able to get safe, compassionate care delivered to the highest standards close to home.

A Labor Government will work with the Queensland Government to complete the upgrade by 2022.

The investment will be made under Labor’s $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund, which will fund better facilities and more services across the nation.

Labor can afford to properly fund Australia’s hospitals and health care because we’re not giving $80 billion away to the top end of town, including $17 billion to the big banks.

We know that the people of Queensland and the people of Australia value affordable, quality health care over tax cuts for millionaires.

Malcolm Turnbull has cut billions of dollars from hospitals across the state and across the nation. Only Labor will invest in building better hospitals in Queensland.

FRIDAY, 10 AUGUST 2018

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