The people of New South Wales deserve a world-class healthcare system we can all rely on. This year the Government is investing an additional $2.8 billion over four years in new and upgraded hospitals, bringing the total investment to a record $7.7 billion over four years.
This funding will improve the lives of people across the State, with new hospitals in Mudgee and Macksville, and major hospital redevelopments including $632.0 million for Campbelltown Hospital, $720.0 million for the Randwick Hospital Campus reconfiguration and expansion, and $534.1 million for a new Tweed Hospital and Integrated Ambulatory Services Redevelopment.
The Budget will also provide an additional $1.0 billion in 2017-18 for health services, bringing the total expenditure on health in 2017-18 to a record $23.2 billion. This investment will allow hospitals to cater for an estimated 28,000 more emergency department attendances and 45,900 more acute inpatient admissions.
In 2017-18, and ahead of schedule, New South Wales will achieve the 2015 election commitment of increasing frontline health staff. The number of additional nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and hospital support staff exceed 4,500 this financial year, against a target of 3,500.
This Budget also provides a record funding injection of $100 million over four years for palliative care services. Key initiatives include community-based care services in Western Sydney Local Health District, 30 specialist nurses, eight rural and regional specialists and scholarships and training for health staff.
Better access to dental services will also be made possible through a $10 million commitment across four years, allowing around 17,000 more patients to receive dental care.