Demand hospital upgrade

LOCAL Federal and State Members of Parliament have stepped up their campaign for the redevelopment of Canterbury Hospital.

They are calling on residents to join the fight and are encouraging everyone to write to the NSW Government in support for the redevelopment.
State MP for Canterbury, Sophie Cotsis, says there is a growing need for more health services and something must be done.
“Not only will a redevelopment mean more medical resources and facilities at Canterbury Hospital, but with Covid-19 and a looming recession, jobs will be created for the short and long term,” she said.
“Our population is one of the most diverse in Australia. Around 80 per cent of people in the Canterbury area have at least one parent who was born overseas – and our population continues to grow.”
Ms Cotsis says the facts speak for themselves:
• Canterbury Hospital’s last major upgrade was in 1998.
• Local population projections predict a 39 per cent increase in population by 2031. This represents significant growth.
• Canterbury Hospital serves one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged communities with approximately one third of local areas among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged in Australia.
• In 2019 alone: Emergency Department presentations increased by 5.4 per cent, the number of patients who started treatment on time fell by 5.3 per cent, and patients on the elective surgery waiting list has increased by 14 per cent.
State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, says an upgrade is essential to meet the healthcare needs of Inner West residents and families, while Federal MP for Watson, Tony Burke, sayd the local community deserves a long overdue upgrade to the Canterbury Hospital.
Residents can call their local MP for contact details or call Ms Cotsis’ office on 9718 1234.