MP fires up on hospitals
Labor representative says facility needs bigger share of State Government cash
MT DRUITT state Labor MP Edmond Atalla has accused the State Government of letting Mt Druitt Hospital fall by the wayside and turning it into a “Clayton’s hospital”.
The hospital has only received a fraction of the $700 million in government funding for the so-called Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital expansion project.
Mt Druitt Hospital received only minor upgrades to current facilities while a new seven-storey facility was built at Blacktown. ››
MT DRUITT state Labor MP Edmond Atalla has criticised the State Government’s lack of direct funding for Mt Druitt Hospital, calling the facility a “Clayton’s hospital”.
“Mt Druitt Hospital under this Government has become a Clayton’s hospital,” Mr Atalla told State Parliament last week.
“A Clayton’s hospital you have when you do not have a hospital. The truth hurts.”
While more than $700 million funding was given to the Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital expansion project, Mt Druitt Hospital only received $40 million.
Of the $400 million in funding for stage two, Mt Druitt Hospital has been allocated only $20.42 million.
Blacktown Hospital will receive the majority of the funding and greater development. While stage two of the project is still in planning, stage one showed a clear imbalance, with Blacktown Hospital receiving 170 of a total 180 new beds and a new seven-storey clinical services building.
In stage two, Blacktown Hospital is expected to get an emergency department, intensive care unit, surgical and interventional services, psychiatric emergency care centre, endoscopy, MRI, additional in-centre dialysis services, women’s health, newborn care, pediatrics, ambulatory care and addition inpatient beds.
Mt Druitt Hospital will get a well-overdue MRI, increased surgical services, additional dialysis treatment spaces and a drug health centre.
Mt Druitt MP Edmond Atalla.