Health | October 20, 2022
Kealy commits to Hamilton Base Hospital redevelopment
Western District Health Service will receive $17 million towards a new Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department if a Liberal and Nationals Government is elected in November.
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy and Shadow Minister for Health Georgie Crozier made the announcement while visiting Hamilton hospital today.
“The Liberal and Nationals are committed to first-class health facilities in country areas and see redevelopment of the Hamilton Base Hospital as vital to ensuring the future wellbeing of the local community,” Ms Kealy said.
“The hospital community has done a fantastic job with the redevelopment plan, and I am proud to announce that an elected Liberal Nationals Government will contribute the $17 million in state funding that is required to make this project a reality.”
Ms Kealy said members of the local community would benefit greatly from the project.
“Western District Health Service, supported by members of the local community, have been building a case for redevelopment of the Hamilton Base Hospital campus since 2014,” she said.
“The existing buildings are significantly aged and in urgent need of major works to support the fabulous staff at Western District Health Service to deliver the best possible healthcare to our local people.
“We know that attracting and retaining clinical and support staff is getting harder in regional Victoria, which is one of the many reasons we need to ensure our rural health facilities are first-class.
“The Liberal Nationals have already committed more than $1.5 billion to bring regional Victorian hospitals up to date and have announced that we will shelve Daniel Andrews’ $34.5 billion rail line from Cheltenham to Box Hill and reprioritise every single cent of that funding into fixing our broken health system.
“I am proud to be part of a Liberal and Nationals team that recognises that people living in and around Hamilton deserve to access great health services locally, and they will be supported by a fantastic purpose-built ICU and ED facility.
“Victorians will have a clear choice in November – more of Daniel Andrews’ all talk and no action approach or a Liberal Nationals Government that will deliver first-class health facilities for all Victorians, not just those living in metropolitan Melbourne.”
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