MP fires up on hos­pi­tals

La­bor rep­re­sen­ta­tive says fa­cil­ity needs big­ger share of State Govern­ment cash

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

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.

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