Over the next four years, a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will expand the Mersey Community Hospital Redevelopment, with a further investment of $20 million to provide a total upgrade of $55 million, the most significant redevelopment in the hospital’s history.
The upgrades include a new kitchen, with state-of-the-art equipment; a new ward; and it would provide more bed capacity.
Premier Peter Gutwein said this will provide the protection and certainty the community deserves.
“Since coming to Government, we have made significant investments into the Mersey, including new palliative care and rehabilitation facilities, ante and post-natal facilities, lifts, car parks, and a new helipad,” the Premier said.
>“A re-elected majority Liberal Government guarantees to not only retain the Mersey, but commit to at least the same level of funding and continued investment in improved services and facilities.”
Minister for Health, Sarah Courtney, said it would also include provision of a temporary surgical theatre.
“This will allow surgery to continue, while planned theatre upgrades take place, reducing service disruption from the ongoing redevelopment,” she said.
“It took a Tasmanian Liberal majority Government to secure the future of the Mersey Community Hospital.
“Unlike the Shadow Health Minister, who believes we have too many hospitals and has said the Mersey only “exists due to political pork barrelling and parochialism”, a re-elected Liberal majority Government will guarantee to retain the Mersey as a community hospital for the North-West region.”
Planning and consultation for these increased works will get underway immediately, with additional works expected to commence in 2022 and take three years to complete.