Federal Labor candidate for Banks, Chris Gambian, Federal MP for Blaxland, Jason Clare, State MP for Bankstown, Tania Mihailuk and State Labor candidate for East Hills, Cameron Murphy, are campaigning to expand the emergency department at Bankstown Hospital.
THE battle for the NSW marginal seat of East Hills is heating up, with Bankstown Hospital looming as a key issue ahead of next year's election.
Sitting MP, Glenn Brookes, who holds the seat by just 0.2 per cent, has hit back at claims by Labor that Bankstown Hospital will lose $3 million in funding as a result of Federal Government cuts to public hospitals over the next three years, branding it a political stunt.
Federal Labor MP Jason Clare has launched a campaign to expand the emergency department at Bankstown with his colleagues State MP for Bankstown, Tania Mihailuk, State Labor candidate for East Hills, Cameron Murphy and Federal Labor candidate for Banks, Chris Gambian.
Labor says the hospital is bursting at the seams - particularly the emergency department. The latest data, says Labor, indicates that only 57.7 percent of patients who present to the emergency department with an imminently life threatening condition, are seen within the recommended 10 minutes. In comparison, 87.4 percent of patients at St Vincent's Hospital were seen within the recommended 10 minutes.
"The emergency department desperately needs to be expanded," Mr Clare said.
Ms Mihailuk said the emergency department was 10 percent busier last year than it was the year before and it is expected to get 40 percent busier by 2026.
Mr Brookes says the proposal by Labor to upgrade only the emergency department is narrow minded and a band-aid solution.
"I will continue to press for a full upgrade of the whole hospital," he said.
"Labor are just playing politics and are completely out of touch. Despite seeing more patients, wait times at the hospital are now far better than they were under Labor."
Mr Brookes said the percentage of patients leaving Bankstown Hospital emergency department within four hours of presentation, had improved from 45.7 per cent in October-December 2010 under Labor, to 73.5 per cent over the same period in 2017.