We need to ensure new and existing hospitals are first class and well staffed.

Paul Green backs Labor's promise of a new South Coast hospital

We need to ensure new and existing hospitals are first class and well staffed.

On the 5th February, Labor announced it would build a new $200 million hospital on the South Coast of NSW if elected on March 23rd. The new facility will be in Eurobodalla, and will be jointly funded by the NSW state and federal Labor parties.

This is promising news for the NSW South Coast to see that the need for new health infrastructure in the region is being taken seriously by both major parties.

The new Labor pledged hospital would include an emergency department, operating theatres, a helipad, maternity and paediatric services, as well as radiology and pathology. I am also encouraged to see that 20 mental health beds, palliative care and community drug and alcohol services are to be included.

It is important for new health infrastructure to be built in our regional areas, as they are in need of high quality hospitals and facilities. And as it is unrealistic for there to be a hospital on every corner, we need to ensure the existing ones, and the ones we built are well staffed and offer first class services.

As an ex-nurse and a South Coast local, I am encouraged by this election promise, particularly as I have been strong advocate for increased palliative care and drug and alcohol services for regional NSW. I welcome this commitment and will ensure to hold a Daley Labor government to account if they were to form government on March 23rd.