Member for Strathfield, Jodi McKay, has today condemned Premier Mike Baird, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Jillian Skinner for failing to deliver much needed upgrades for Concord Hospital as part of the 2016/17 NSW Budget.
“In today’s budget, the NSW Government has again failed to deliver for our local community. This Government has been told time and time again that Concord Hospital is now at breaking point, but they seem content to sit on their hands and do nothing.
Ms McKay said the $11 million in planning money allocated for seven hospitals meant Concord would receive a few bucks for bureaucrats to draw up a few maps.
“This is an insult to patients, and clinical and administrative staff at the hospital. The hospital is in such a terrible state that there have been reports of possums in the hospital, including one in the room with a patient. Buildings at the hospital date back to world war two and have had only minor upgrades over time.
“Despite John Sidoti, one of Mike Baird’s own MPs, joining with our community campaign and calling for these vital upgrades, Mr Baird is ignoring the needs of our area. A few dollars for planning and no money for actual upgrades.”
Ms McKay said while the Government was trying to impose development by stealth on the local area, today’s budget failure was just more proof that they have absolutely no plans to invest in the increased local services that development demands.
“The State Government is very keen to see thousands of additional people living in our local communities, but the complete failure to include vital upgrades to Concord Hospital proves they have no plan to cater for the needs of this increased population.
“From possums to broken promises, this Government just can’t be trusted on anything they say about Concord Hospital.”