NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced $72 million (part of the $750 million budget) for Westmead Hospital Redevelopment early works and planning in the 2015/16 financial year during a visit to western Sydney this week.
The NSW Budget will contain a record $1.4 billion in 2015-16 to continue the massive hospital rebuilding program underway across NSW. More $100 million in extra funds will flow into Westmead Hospital and neighbouring Blacktown Hospital.
“Today I am pleased to say the first Budget of our second term will pick up where we left off injecting new money into hospitals such as Westmead Hospital ($72 million),” Mike Baird said.
NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said: “We are not only delivering major infrastructure, at the same time we are also ensuring this NSW Budget delivers the services the people of NSW need to improve their everyday lives, including more nurses, midwives and paramedics.”
A wide range of activity will be undertaken across the 2015-16 financial year including planning for the way services will be delivered across Western Sydney, how new models of care will operate and how services and facilities can be integrated. Early and enabling works will proceed in parallel with this planning and include infrastructure upgrades.
The NSW Government also has plans to transform the precinct into the world-leading centre for research, allocating $25 million for paediatric research.
“This gives us the biggest clinical trial paediatric research in the country,” said Minister for Medical Research, Pru Goward.