The Northern Territory government has announced significant upgrades to public hospitals and health facilities as part of its 2012 budget.
More than $110 million in funding was allocated to NT hospitals in a joint statement by treasurer Delia Lawrie, minister for essential services Rob Knight and minister for construction Gerry McCarthy today (May 2).
Construction will commence on two facilities – the $110 million Palmerston Hospital and short-term patient accommodation at Katherine Hospital – thanks to a combined $18 million investment from the government.
Over $20 million has also been allocated for continued upgrades to the number of beds in the emergency department and short stay unit at Royal Darwin Hospital.
Royal Darwin Hospital will also build two additional operating theatres with the funding.
The emergency department at Tennant Creek Hospital will also be redeveloped, along with remediation works to be carried out at Alice Springs Hospital.
The funding boost comes as part of the territory government's $1.3 billion infrastructure investment.
According to treasurer Delia Lawrie, the latest budget reflects the ongoing high level of investment in public infrastructure across the territory.