Better access to health care services and new and improved hospitals will be delivered for the people of NSW with more than $29 billion in funding committed as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget.
The budget will see almost $3 billion in health capital works delivered in addition to recurrent funding of more than $26 billion, taking the total 2020-21 health budget to more than $29 billion.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the investment would continue the NSW Government's record infrastructure program, ensuring that the 29 new and upgraded hospitals and health facilities announced prior to the 2019 election will commence before March 2023.
"We're investing in the health of our people and building a better NSW with our futurefocused budget supporting patient-centred care, while allowing us to change how we deliver healthcare, with new technologies and modernised facilities," Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said health spending accounted for almost one-third of the NSW Budget, which demonstrated the NSW Government's commitment to world-class health services for communities across the state.
"Since March 2011, recurrent funding for the NSW public health system has increased by almost $11 billion, up from $15.5 billion in 2010-11 – a 70.8 per cent increase," Mr Hazzard said.
Key highlights of the 2020-21 NSW Health Budget include:
Hospital upgrades and redevelopments include more than $91 million for the new Tweed Hospital, an additional $320 million for the Shellharbour Hospital and $450 million to bring forward the Nepean Stage 2 redevelopment by two years.
Hospital upgrades and redevelopments in progress include Westmead ($832 million), John Hunter ($780 million), Liverpool ($740 million), Randwick ($778 million), Campbelltown ($632 million), SCHN Westmead Stage 2 ($619 million), Tweed (now $673 million), Nepean ($550 million), New Maitland ($470 million), Wagga Wagga ($431 million), Shellharbour (now $699 million), Concord ($341 million), Lismore ($313 million), Griffith ($250 million), and Dubbo ($241 million).
Between 2012 and 2020 the NSW Health workforce increased by 20,659 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff, or 20 per cent, to 122,538 FTE. Of this, the workforce in rural and regional areas increased by 7,502 FTE or 20.6 per cent to 43,928.