In the election hot seat: What are the candidates' health commitments?

Goulburn candidates outline their aims to boost health in the Upper Lachlan Shire.

Voting for the 2019 NSW State Election begins on Saturday, March 23, from 8am-6pm.

Voting for the 2019 NSW State Election begins on Saturday, March 23, from 8am-6pm.

Liberals

Wendy Tuckerman

To ensure Crookwell Hospital remains and continues to be a vital part of our regions health network we are investing $2.5 million for the redevelopment of Crookwell Hospital. This will go towards upgrading of the emergency department and additional beds, which will provide our community with greater access to health services.

Animal Justice

Tracey Keenan

Improve health services, conditions and equipment; more nurses to the ratio of patients; improve TAFE so we can offer more courses to further education in fields they wish to pursue; and improve home services and more staff so nurses/carers aren't forced to exhaust themselves by doing back-to-back shifts.

Greens

Dr Saan Ecker

Better public healthcare services and improved patient care will come from ending public-private partnerships and properly funding local hospitals. Specifically, increased investment for Goulburn Base, Crookwell District and Yass Hospital (including a maternity wing at Yass) is required. I am committed to providing specialised mental health support to rural areas.

Shooters, Fishers & Farmers

Andrew Wood

On top of the desperate need for 1:4 nurse patient ratio, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers will fight for proper budget to upgrade Crookwell Hospital, well in excess of the Liberal's $2.5m, and ensure improvement of clinical care. Crookwell Hospital will also receive the staffing and improvements residents need and deserve.

Labor

Candidate Ursula Stephens did not respond prior to publication.

One Nation

Candidate Richard Orchard did not respond prior to publication.

Liberal Democrats

Candidate Dean McCrae did not respond prior to publication.