Launceston General Hospital redevelopment to take six years

Launceston General Hospital’s $87.3 million redevelopment will receive $51.7 million over the next four years, meaning the next government will need to find $35.6 million to complete the project.

As expected, the government will invest more in health over the forward estimates, funneling $7.6 billion into the area.

Health expenditure represents 30 per cent of the budget.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said recurrent health spending was $341 million a year higher than when the Liberals came to power.

Mr Gutwein said there will be 478 more hospital staff employed over the four years and 76 more hospital beds progressively opened.

The Liberals pledged $87.3 million for a redevelopment of LGH for improvements made across medical, surgical, maternity, obstetric, paediatric and mental health units, and $5 million over two years to improve car parking.

The redevelopment will see funding for a new $21.9 million 32-bed ward at the hospital to be completed by 2023-24

There is no money in 2018-19 for eight beds at the hospital's Ward 4K in 2018-19 though $11.1 million over the forward estimates.

The Mersery Community Hospital will receive $35 million over three years to fund capital upgrades.

The budget papers state this initial injection of funding would be used to commence important improvements immediately, to be completed 2021.

There is $2.1 million over two years for the construction of an antenatal clinic for maternity services at the North-West Regional Hospital

Funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds in Ulverstone will come in 2019-20 with $800,000 a year over forward estimates.

The bulk of the funding for more paramedics in regional areas comes after 2019-20 with $924,000 and $14 million.

The budget contains funding for 180 more nursing graduates, including $1.64 million in 2018-19 which lifts by between $1.2 million and $1.3 million the next year and over the forward estimates.

The initiative is expected to fund 30 nursing positions each year. There is a $20 million one-off commitment for more elective surgery procedures.