Labor invests $5.2 million for robotic surgeries at St George public hospital

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $5.2 million in St George Public Hospital to transform surgical and cancer treatment services through the provision of surgical and rehabilitation robotic technologies.

This election is a choice between better health and hospitals under a united Shorten Labor Government, versus more cuts and chaos under Scott Morrison and the Liberals.

This investment will fund high level care in urology, gynaecology, general surgery, thoracic, ear, nose and throat surgery leading to improved patient care across a range of areas.

Robotic surgery is considered best practice for many surgical specialties, but no such services exist in public hospitals in southern Sydney.

This commitment will enable St George to raise the standard of care for access to surgery across a range of specialties and ensure St George is at the forefront of world class research, education and clinical care.    

Labor member for Barton Linda Burney said that the funding “would deliver best practice surgery options for many specialties at St George Hospital”.

“I’m thrilled to announce this significant investment which includes $5 million for surgical and rehabilitation robots as well as over $150,000 to go towards lung cancer and failure equipment” said Ms. Burney.

Chairman of the Medical Staff Council and Director of Rehabilitation Medicine for

St George Hospital, Dr John Estell said, “The investment into newer technologies will be of benefit to many patients in the southern suburbs of Sydney and help keep St George Hospital at the forefront of surgical, cancer and rehabilitation treatments”.

Labor Candidate for Banks Chris Gambian said “this funding will provide an incredible boost to specialised surgical treatment options in the St George area. It will ensure St George maintains its reputation as a world leading institution for patient care”.

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