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ANDREW Barr says a re-elected Labor Government will continue its commitment to a healthy Canberra by investing in Calvary Public Hospital, with new funding to improve the emergency department and to modernise surgeries and diagnostic equipment.
“This commitment is part of Labor’s ten year plan to continue to build a world-class health system that not only focuses on prevention and meets growing demand, but also creates highly-skilled jobs, harnesses our world-leading research abilities, and delivers new services where and when people need them,” Andrew said.
“As part of our long term plan we will invest in a scoping study for longer-term new and expanded Northside hospital facilities. This will be in consultation with healthcare professionals, who each and every day care for patients at Calvary. This will help meet the needs of Canberra’s growing population, particularly in the northern suburbs.
“Calvary Public Hospital is a real hospital, with a real emergency department that manages more than 50,000 presentations each year.
“Over the next three years, Labor will invest $15 million in upgrades for Calvary Public Hospital.
“This will include upgrade and expansion of Calvary’s emergency department, comprising:
- New paediatric short stay beds, which allow for overnight observation.
- More adult short stay beds allowing patients to be monitored for 24 hours.
- New waiting and triage areas.
“Further upgrades will also be made in surgical areas, and new imaging and diagnostic equipment installed. These upgrades will be developed in close consultation with Calvary and the clinicians who use these spaces every day.
“This is part of Labor’s plan to continue to focus on giving patients the best care, and deliver services when and where they need them.
“In consultation with healthcare professionals, Labor will also undertake a scoping study in the next term of government to build new and expanded northside general hospital facilities to meet the needs of Canberra’s growing population.”