NSW Labor demands government ends south west Sydney's 'health crisis'

Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Simon Bennett

Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: Simon Bennett

Campbelltown MP and opposition spokesman for western Sydney Greg Warren has called on the state government to "stop stalling and adopt every recommendation from the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the Current and Future Provision of Health Services in the South-West Sydney Growth Region".

Opposition spokesman for health Ryan Park has also backed Mr Warren's calls.

The government has until May 30 to hand down its response regarding the inquiry which made 17 recommendations, including addressing the historical under-funding of health and hospital services, a review of current staffing levels and recruiting more paramedics in the region.

Mr Warren said implementing these recommendations was a matter of life and death.

"It would be quicker to catch a train to Sydney Airport, fly to Melbourne and get a cab to The Royal Melbourne Hospital than what is to be seen by a doctor in a south-west Sydney emergency department," he said.

"That is not a reflection on the hard-working and passionate staff at hospitals in Sydney's south west, that is simply an indication of the serious lack of resources, support and funding given to staff at those hospitals.

"May 30 is just around the corner so let's hope that the NSW Liberals, for the first time in 10 years, do the right thing by residents in south-west Sydney."

Mr Park said the NSW Liberal party had failed miserably in its duty of care towards the people of south-west Sydney.

"The findings from the inquiry were alarming and really highlight the level of the neglect shown by the NSW Liberals towards the people of south-west Sydney," Mr Park said.

"Every single recommendation must be adopted without hesitation, disclaimers or conditions."

A South Western Sydney Local Health District spokeswoman said the health district was committed to providing safe and high-quality care to the community now and into the future.

"NSW Health is carefully considering the recommendations from the inquiry as it prepares to provide its response by May 30, 2021," she said.

"With historic NSW Government investment into the region's hospital redevelopments of almost $3 billion, and new and innovative models of care, we are in an excellent position to deliver outstanding health care to our growing region.

"The redevelopment projects, which ensure the community has world-class health care close to home, include: $25 million for the new Emergency Department extension at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, $1.3 billion for the new Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, $123.6 million for stages 1 and 2 of the Bowral and District Hospital redevelopment, $632 million for the Campbelltown Hospital stage 2 redevelopment and $34.1 million for a new multi-storey car park, $740 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct and $50 million for a new multi-storey car park at Liverpool Hospital."

The spokeswoman said the 2020-21 budget for the health district was more than $2 billion, 'an increase of more than $55 million or 2.8 per cent on the previous financial year's budget'.

"The district will also benefit from the NSW Government's $2.8 billion commitment to recruit a record 8300 frontline health staff over the next term, including 5000 additional nurses and midwives," she said.

"Between mid-2012 and mid-2020, the district increased its workforce by an additional 2449 full-time equivalent staff - an increase of 28.2 per cent including 421 more doctors, 1148 more nurses and midwives and 268 more allied health staff."