If we want to have a world-leading healthcare system, we have to get the basics right.
That's why we're rebuilding hospitals and fixing our health system's critical infrastructure.
We've spent the last few months rolling out our hospital investments around the country - from Middlemore to Maniototo. Take a look at what we've invested in so far:
- Supporting Auckland DHB to address significant infrastructure challenges at Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and the Greenlane Clinical Centre, to deliver the high quality services and facilities all New Zealanders deserve.
- New purpose-built and secure six-unit mental health facility in Porirua for patients with an intellectual disability and or mental health diagnosis.
- 120 additional elective surgery beds and four new operating theatres for North Shore Hospital.
- New endoscopy and cardiac care facilities for Whangarei Hospital.
- Major funding to fix longstanding problems at Middlemore Hospital, and investment in the Manakau Super Clinic.
- State of the art children's hospital in Wellington, designed with children and their whānau at the centre - allowing for the provision of high quality services, as well as encouraging clinical collaboration and communication.
Bay of Islands Hospital redevelopment, meaning the Kawakawa facility is better placed to meet the needs of its community now and in years to come. The new accident and medical department opened in September includes:
- four acute bays
- a procedure room
- x-ray room
- two resuscitation bays
- a new twenty-bed medical ward.
- A funding boost for small community-run Maniototo Hospital to help with a long-awaited rebuild.
- A new modern, purpose-designed health facility for the people of Buller in Westport.
- Purchase of land for the new Dunedin Hospital which is a big deal given our unwavering commitment to start construction before the next election - it will be the biggest ever single hospital build in New Zealand history!
These rebuilds and redevelopments come alongside a number of other major steps we've taken to improve and strengthen our public health service, and make sure every New Zealander has access to high-quality, personalised, and compassionate healthcare.
These steps include:
- Making GP visits free for under 14-year-olds
- Making GP visits cheaper for those on modest incomes who are eligible for the Community Services Card
- Setting up the Health Ministerial Advisory Group on the Health System, to help ensure our major health investments make a positive difference to people's lives - alongside a major review of the health system
- Extending the nurses in schools programme
- Strengthening and future-proofing our air ambulance service
- Supporting the National Bowel Screening roll-out
- Supporting community-based midwives
- Brokering a joint accord on safe nurse staffing
- Introducing mental health workers in Canterbury schools
- Launching new addiction treatment facilities for Auckland City Mission
- Putting new safeguards in place for surgical mesh
- ...and much more.
We'll keep this list updated so check back for the latest news about hospital and medical facility upgrades happening around the country!