Labor simply can’t get healthcare right.
For 4 years on Opposition I lobbied to have the then Labor Government commit to upgrading the West Gippsland Hospital’s emergency department. Labor let the Emergency Department languish 8 beds short of what it needed on a daily basis for 11 very long years.
In 2010 the Victorian Coalition committed to delivering that emergency room upgrade, and in 2013 we opened the expanded facility on time and on budget.
Today, Labor have committed to a ‘comprehensive study’ into the healthcare needs of our region.
There is no funding attached to the commitment and no mention of study into the potential future relocation of the West Gippsland Hospital to the Greenfield Site as the Hospital Board has outlined as a priority.
Today’s announcement is nothing more than code for ‘we may close the West Gippsland Hospital’. Labor’s statement that the study will ‘take into account [other regional] hospital projects and how their expanded capacity will affect health care in West Gippsland’ reads as if they intend to limit any expansion due to projects currently occurring at Latrobe and Casey Hospitals.
This fits in with statements by Health Spokesperson John Lenders that indicate there will be a closure of Country Hospitals under a Victorian Labor Government.
Labor has also today falsely taken credit for a Coalition Government’s delivery of $73 million for the Latrobe Regional Hospital. The $73 million referenced was funded by the Victorian Coalition Government in our State Budget, not Labor.