Delivering for families, jobs in the community and boosts to health services in regional NSW are the top priorities for health in the 2019-20 NSW Budget, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard announced today.
A massive $2.7 billion will be invested in capital on top of $24 billion in recurrent spending over the coming year – taking the total 2019-20 health budget to $26.7 billion.
“This record $26.7 billion health budget shows the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to improving services in the regions, supporting families and boosting jobs in regional and rural communities,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The recurrent funding investment will focus on families with additional funding providing an extra 8,000 paediatric operations and 10,000 cataract surgeries over the next four years.”
Mr Hazzard said this record Budget will see the first stage of an unprecedented boost to the frontline workforce with an extra 8,300 staff over the next four years under a $2.8 billion commitment – 45 per cent of staff to go to the regions.
In addition, the second tranche of paramedics and call centre staff will be deployed from the record 750 boost to workforce announced in last year’s Budget.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing in our greatest health asset – the amazing staff who care for our patients,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This record Budget will ensure patients, their families and those in regional communities already doing it tough in drought-affected areas continue to get timely, world-class care, no matter where they live.”
Health highlights in the Budget include:
The extra 8,300 frontline health staff over four years includes: