Health | June 14, 2016

Kealy calls for funding to upgrade Edenhope aged care facilities

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is calling for $300,000 from the State Government to urgently upgrade Edenhope’s aged care facilities.

Last week, Emma Kealy MP joined the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Health, Margaret Fitzherbert on a tour of the Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital.

“I took this opportunity to again raise the ongoing issue of funding for aged care upgrade works at the Edenhope Hospital,” Ms Kealy said.

“I have raised this matter in parliament and written directly to the Minster for Health calling for funding to ensure our rural health services are maintained at acceptable standards. We must support local staff to provide the best possible care for our rural communities.

“I started lobbying for this funding over six years ago when I was CEO of the Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital and I will continue to push for this vital funding.                                                                                                                               

“Staff at the Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital does a great job to provide premium health services to the local community. The wide range of health services provided to the Edenhope district is very impressive for a small rural hospital.

“The medical clinic and fabulous new accommodation buildings are a great initiative which will now support recruitment of staff and keep our local health service strong into the future.

“Over the past two years the Melbourne Labor Government has failed country Victoria by only committing $1 million in infrastructure funding for the entire Lowan electorate, which contains 17 health service campuses.

“It’s time for serious investment in our hospitals so our local people have access to the healthcare they deserve,” she said.

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