Dubbo MP Dawn Fardell is calling on the NSW Coalition to commit before the election an additional $150 million towards the full redevelopment of Dubbo Base Hospital.
Ms Fardell claimed recent federal government funding announcements had freed up this money which the Coalition had committed to Port Macquarie and Tamworth Hospitals.
If diverted to Dubbo Base Hospital these funds could see the redevelopment completed within five years, she said.
Opposition spokeswoman for health Jillian Skinner did not respond directly to Ms Fardell’s overture.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals are committed to providing $50 million towards the staged redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital,” Ms Skinner said.
“The sitting member has failed to get Dubbo Hospital the funding it needs.”
In the lead up to the election the Coalition pledged $75 million to an upgrade of Port Macquarie Base Hospital and $100 million to stage one of the redevelopment of Tamworth Hospital.
Afterwards Ms Skinner wrote to federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon asking for Canberra to provide additional funds to NSW. In March the federal government announced it would deliver $96 million to Port Macquarie Base Hospital and $191 million to Tamworth Hospital from its $1.8 billion Health and Hospital Fund.
Ms Fardell said the full redevelopment of Tamworth Hospital would cost between $200 million and $215 million but other estimates put it closer to $300 million.
“So there is as much as $175 million available to redevelop hospitals in our electorate properly and completely,” she said.
“That frees up an additional $150 million to Dubbo Base and an extra $25 million for Parkes and Forbes hospitals above what
has already committed.”
The NSW government allocated $22.7 million for the first stage of
Base Hospital redevelopment in last year’s state budget.
The $200,000 masterplan for the redevelopment was completed last month.
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