Better, bigger Mildura Base Hospital under Liberal Nationals

Mildura Base Hospital will expand with a new 32 bed ward if a Liberal Nationals Government is elected this November.

The Nationals Member Peter Crisp made the announcement this morning with Shadow Minister for Country Health Emma Kealy and The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan.

“A new ward is absolutely essential for Mildura because too many people are experiencing surgery delays, last minute cancellations and bed overcrowding,” Mr Crisp said.

“I’ve secured a $20 million commitment to complete this critical expansion at Mildura Base Hospital in our first term if The Nationals are elected to government.

“With this investment, we’ll help ensure people get the medical care they need, when they need it, and without delay.

“The Base Hospital is absolutely vital not just for Mildura but also for people in surrounding areas like Red Cliffs, Ouyen and Robinvale and we must ensure it keeps up with growing needs.

“This critical expansion will be completed regardless of how the hospital is managed in the future, because it is plain for all see that our hospital is under pressure.”

The Mildura Base Hospital currently has 64 General Medicine and Surgery beds.

Ms Kealy said a Liberal Nationals Government would deliver a better deal on health and hospital services for the people of rural and regional Victoria.

“Health is the number one issue for so many people, and regional communities like Mildura shouldn’t miss out on quality hospital and health services just because we’re outside of Melbourne,” Ms Kealy said.

“Our announcement today follows on from our commitment to set up a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility for Mildura, our $140 million boost to palliative care services, and our Rural Health Workforce Strategy that will address doctor and allied health worker shortages.

“The Nationals are committed to delivering a fair share of funding for Victoria’s rural and regional communities because we understand that people who want to live, work and raise their families in regional areas must also have healthcare services that meet their needs.”

Mr O’Sullivan said expansion would also help the staff at the Base Hospital.

“Bed shortages distress and frustrate patients, and also put stress on hospital staff who are doing their best to help sick and injured people as quickly as possible,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“There are more than 600 people who work at Mildura’s hospital and they do a magnificent service for this community but it’s absolutely crucial we get this expansion done to reduce delays and cancellations, and to relieve the pressure on patients and staff alike.

“Labor has been in Government for 14 of the past 18 years and failed to build a hospital that has kept pace with community needs and population growth. If The Nationals are elected this November we’ll ensure the people of Mildura have the hospital they need and deserve.”

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