The Canberra Liberals will build and open new local public hospitals in both Gungahlin and Tuggeranong if elected at next month’s ACT Election. The two new hospitals will have 24 hour emergency departments, 12 bed short stay wards and will be staffed by specialist doctors and nurses, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today.
“The Gungahlin Local Public Hospital and the Tuggeranong Local Public Hospital will provide more beds in more locations, alleviate the poor geographic spread of hospital beds in Canberra and help return the ACT’s health system to the best in the nation,” Mr Hanson said.
“These new hospitals are part of our broader plan for health which includes our previously announced $395 million redevelopment of the Canberra Hospital.
“The Gungahlin Local Public Hospital and the Tuggeranong Local Public Hospital will each include:
- A 10 bed 24/7 operation emergency department.
- A 12 bed short stay ward.
- Care coordination as well as pharmacy, pathology and imaging services.
At the moment some Gungahlin and Tuggeranong residents have to drive further for emergency hospital services than many residents in regional Australia. Our northernmost and southernmost regions need these hospitals and they’ll become even more important as our city grows.
“ACT Labor has neglected health for 15 years, but under a Canberra Liberals government it will become the major priority. Andrew Barr’s focus is a tram, but my focus is health. That’s the choice for Canberrans at this election, a tram or three brand new hospitals,” Mr Hanson concluded.