Investment announced for regional healthcare
A re-elected Andrews Labor Government promises to invest further into the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF), aiming to give care closer to home to those people living in regional Victoria.
A further $100 million dollars will be invested into the $250 million dollar fund giving more regional health services the opportunity to build new facilities or complete the upgrades they need.
Premier, Daniel Andrews made the announcement in Ararat and said he understands how important good health services are in country Victoria.
“I grew up in regional Victoria, and I know how important good healthcare is to local families when someone gets sick," Mr Andrews said.
"We’re upgrading regional and rural hospitals around the state, so the best treatment is just around the corner.
“Regional and rural Victorians are proud of their hospitals and health centres – and proud of the hard-working doctors, nurses and staff who run them.
"We’ll stand with them, and help them do what they do best.”
Those living in Ararat would also see a number of vital health and community services brought under the one roof through the RHIF, providing better access to local families, closer to where they live.
As part of this boost, Labor promises to deliver a $3.9 million refurbishment of the pathology and radiology departments at Ararat Hospital, meaning patients can get tested and treated more quickly.
Candidate for Ripon, Sarah De Santis said locals should not have to travel to Melbourne for an appointment, there should be options closer to where they live.
“In towns like this, a little investment goes a long way – this will ensure health services have the equipment and resources they need to care for our community and help them recover," Ms De Santis said.
Health Minister, Jill Hennessy said the Andrews Government ended the ambulance crisis, backed our doctors and nurses and reversed the Liberals’ billion dollar cuts to health.
“The Liberals cut health and put Victorian lives at risk," Ms Hennessy said.
"Victorian patients can’t afford their savage cuts to health."
The RHIF funded a total of 283 projects across the state from new operating theatres to quality facilities for staff.