Loddon Mallee Region hospitals will receive $20.5 million for new capital works and extra beds as part of the historic health agreement between the Victorian and Commonwealth Labor Governments.
State Health Minister Daniel Andrews today announced funding breakdowns for Victoria’s health services from the National Health and Hospitals Network agreement with Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon.
“We are taking action to give Victorians a better health system by building new hospitals and hiring more doctors and nurses,” Mr Andrews said.
“The historic health agreement reached at the COAG meeting in April will deliver additional investment for rural, regional and metropolitan health services across Victoria now and into the future.
“Through this agreement, Victoria secured more than $900 million investment in health and hospitals from the Commonwealth over the next four years.”
Mr Andrews said hospitals in the Loddon Mallee region would receive $3 million to treat even more emergency patients and boost access to elective surgery.
“This funding will provide four short stay beds at Mildura Base Hospital to manage patients admitted for short durations, and refurbish the emergency department at Echuca Regional Health to improve patient flow,” he said.
Member for Northern Victoria, Candy Broad said Echuca Regional Health would receive $13.5 million for 24 sub-acute beds to treat an additional 300 patients a year.
“Funding of $4 million has been allocated to build a community rehabilitation centre at Swan Hill District Health,” Ms Broad said.
“The rehabilitation centre will significantly boost local access to support older people with complex care needs to return home with maximum independence and function.”
But Mr Andrews said the money would only be delivered under a Gillard Labor Government.
"All of these additional beds and services are on Tony Abbott’s all-too-real hit list,” he said.
“If Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott is elected, this money will never be delivered.
“Tony Abbott has promised to rip up one of the country’s biggest health reforms and has boasted that all of these extra resources for Victorian patients will be scrapped on day one.”
Mr Andrews said through the historic agreement, hospitals across Victoria would receive $265 million for new capital works projects and extra beds.
“The agreement includes $175.9 million to fund over 200 extra sub-acute hospital beds across Victoria to treat about an additional 5000 patients per year,” he said.
Mr Andrews said $89.5 million had been allocated for vital capital works projects to treat more emergency patients and boost access to elective surgery.
“Projects across the state will see expanded short stay units and emergency departments, new operating theatres and expanded intensive care units,” he said.
“These projects deliver a better and more efficient working environment for doctors and nurses, as well as ensuring more people receive their elective surgery faster.”
Mr Andrews said the Brumby Labor Government was working in partnership with the Commonwealth Government to deliver better hospitals and health care for Victorians.
“Reducing the number of patients waiting for elective surgery and boosting access to high quality health services closer to home is a key priority for this Government,” he said.
Victorian hospitals will also share in $23.5 million for equipment to support emergency, elective and sub-acute services.