New Hunter Valley hospital fast-tracked

New Hunter Valley hospital fast-tracked

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Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said the NSW Government would fast-track the consultation for the new Hunter Valley Hospital following its commitment of $20 million for the project.

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Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said the NSW Government would fast-track the consultation for the new Hunter Valley Hospital following its commitment of $20 million for the project.

In a visit to Maitland Hospital, Minister Skinner and the Member for Maitland, Robyn Parker, said the NSW Government would speed up the process of developing the much-needed new hospital for the region.

Mrs Skinner said she would ensure the completion of the Clinical Services Plan was fast-tracked and an appropriate site for the new hospital was chosen as soon as possible.

“There are clear challenges at Maitland Hospital and I know how desperate the community is to see the Hunter Valley Hospital brought forward so I have asked that the Local Health District, in consultation with clinicians and the Board, work to fast-track the completion of the Clinical Services Plan so that the process of finding a site can get underway,” she said.

“The NSW Government will look into the possibility of a Public Private Partnership arrangement for this project to speed up the process but this can only happen once firm plans are in place to identify what’s needed and a site has been confirmed."

Minister Parker said it was extremely positive for the community.

“The new hospital will be a huge help in easing the pressure on Maitland Hospital and greatly expand access to health services locally.”

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