The State government will invest $55 million in new health projects across the Hunter New England Health District over the next year.
Tomorrow's Budget will include $22 million for Maitland integrated community mental health services, $20 million for Forster-Tuncurry hospital (previously announced for the investigation into the possibility of a hospital) and $13 million for a residential eating disorders treatment centre.
Continued funding will also be provided for the $835 million John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct, the $500 million new Maitland Hospital and car park, the $111.5 million Cessnock Hospital redevelopment, stage 2 of the $100 million Manning Hospital redevelopment (previously announded) and stage 3 the $45 million Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment.
"We know that the Hunter region is growing and we are seeing the demand for healthcare services in this region increase," Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor said
"From delivering the new Residential Eating Disorder Centre, the first in the State, to funding to continue the delivery of both the Muswellbrook and Manning hospital redevelopments, the NSW Government is committed to ensuring excellent health outcomes for locals for years to come."
In addition to the Hunter projects the government has also announced a one-off $3000 bonus for frontline public sector health workers in recognition of their pandemic efforts, costing $435 million.
We know that the Hunter region is growing and we are seeing the demand for healthcare services in this region increase.- Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor
There will also be a lift in the 2.5 per cent cap on public sector pay rises for health workers to three per cent in 2022-23, and possibly 3.5 per cent in 2023-24, costing $1.3 billion over four years.
"We are committed to ensuring the people have access to the best possible healthcare regardless of where they live. These services will make a big difference to the lives of those who live in the Hunter," NSW Treasurer, Matt Kean said.
More than 10,000 full-time staff will be recruited to hospitals and health services, as well as more than 1800 new paramedics, costing $4.5 billion over four years.
Palliative care and specialist health services will get $743 million over five years, on top of the $300 million invested each year in palliative care.
The palliative care package includes an extra 600 nurses, allied health professionals, doctors, and support staff and the redevelopment or refurbishment of NSW Health facilities, including new dedicated units at Westmead and Nepean hospitals.
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