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New beds for Campbelltown Hospital.



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

DR ANDREW MCDONALD MP

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Health

MEDIA RELEASE

30 June

New Beds for Campbelltown Hospital

Australia’s historic health and hospital reform is set to deliver an additional 20 beds to Campbelltown Hospital.

The new beds were announced during a visit today to Campbelltown Hospital by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon.

The 20 acute beds are part of the Australian Government’s ambitious health reform agenda, delivering better health and better hospitals for Australian families.

The first 8 beds will open next week, with the additional 12 to open at then end of July following completion of minor building works.

The strong economic management of the Australian Government enabled the funding of these new beds in this year’s budget and they will help take pressure off the very busy Campbelltown Hospital.

The Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said that today’s announcement builds on funding provided to the Campbelltown Hospital by the Australian Government to reduce elective surgery waiting lists through the provision of new surgical equipment.

Ms Roxon said, “Today’s announcement is demonstration of the hard work of health reform paying off for people in Campbelltown.”

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Dr Andrew McDonald, said “Campbelltown Hospital and patients will benefit directly from the NSW and Federal Governments working together.

“These additional resources will significantly enhance Campbelltown Hospital’s ability to meet demand from the fast-growing local community,” Dr McDonald said.

The funding for Campbelltown Hospital is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to putting in place the most significant reforms to Australia’s health and hospitals system since the introduction of Medicare.

This includes $7.3 billion in additional funding over five years to provide:

 1,300 new sub-acute hospital beds and 2,500 additional aged care beds

 expanded GP and primary care services, especially after hours

 more support for nurses, particularly aged care nurses

 quicker emergency department and elective surgery treatment times

 personally controlled electronic health records

 more training places for GPs and specialists

 locum relief for rural nurses and allied health professionals

 new investments in prevention, including tough new action to tackle smoking

 new investments in mental health services, with 20,000 extra young people to get assistance

These reforms are underpinned by a secure future funding base for health and hospitals — with the Government taking dominant funding responsibility for hospitals for the first time.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220.