LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS BIG BOOST FOR BARWON HEALTH

Barwon Health will share in record funding to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster, as part of a massive boost to health care.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $554.68 million in Barwon Health. That’s $56.12 million more than the previous 12 months – an 11.3 per cent increase.

The funding for Barwon Health has increased by $141.57 million, or 34.3 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power.

The Labor Government has already taken action to help workers affected by the closure of HealthScope’s Geelong Private Hospital, which shut its doors because The Liberals broke a key election promise in 2010 to build a second public hospital for Geelong.

Planning has already begun to identify options for transforming the former Geelong Private into a Women’s and Children’s hospital. The Government has also taken action to ensure workers affected by the closure find new positions at Barwon Health – a health service growing thanks to our suite of investments.

The Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals marks a record $11.5 billion investment.

It means hospitals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months – and 31 per cent more than when the Liberal Nationals were in Government.

All this would be at risk under a Liberal Nationals Government – who cut health funding, close beds and privatise hospitals to benefit their mates in the big end of town.

In total, the Labor Government is investing $19.4 billion in Victoria’s health system, including ambulance services, mental health and drug and alcohol services, aged care, community health and other services.

In Geelong, the Labor Government is delivering the bolstered $33 million Barwon Health North project, which will include an urgent call centre, medical imagine, pathology, pharmacy, consulting suites and renal dialysis services to give patients in Geelong more access to services, closer to home.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“There are some who like to cut health services; we prefer to grow them. We’re delivering record funding to ensure Barwon Health can treat more patients faster – and closer to home.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“The Liberals have a lot to answer for when it comes to health care in Geelong. We’re fixing their cuts, closures and dodgy deals and we’re putting patients and our hard-working staff first.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it. We’re helping them do what they do best.”