RECORD FUNDING BOOST FOR NORTHERN VICTORIA HOSPITALS

The Andrews Labor Government will spend a record $18.12 billion over the next year so more Northern Victoria patients can get the highest quality care and treatment they need – and sooner.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes today announced the record funding for Northern Victoria’s country hospitals.

Labor Governments are known for their commitment to public health investment and the budget breakdown shows how this record funding for our health system is split among hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drug services, aged care, community health and public health services.

Victorian hospitals will receive $10.6 billion, which is $665.84 million– or 6.7 per cent more – than was provided in the previous financial year.

Labor are providing $1.76 billion more than cash-starved hospitals received under the former Liberal National Government in their last budget in 2014/15.

The Government’s increased funding will support hospitals to meet demand so patients can access the care they need and deserve, more quickly and closer to home.

It will enable hospitals to admit 1.9 million patients, treat 1.8 million patients in emergency and carry out more than 200,000 elective surgeries to reduce waiting lists even further.

“We know our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff do a remarkable job and this record funding boost gives them the support they need to keep saving lives and keep people healthy,” Ms Symes said.

“This record boost means better hospitals and efficient care that is first class and accessible, no matter where you live in Northern Victoria.

“The former Liberal National Government underfunded our health system, but the Andrews Labor Government is providing the funding our country hospitals need to treat patients sooner.

“We are opening more beds, more theatres and reducing waits for surgery and emergency care which is all about putting Northern Victoria patients first.”

Hospitals

Alexandra District Health receives $6.53 million, up by $299,000, or 4.8 per cent, on the previous year and up by $799,000, or 14 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Alpine Health receives $13.494 million, up by $446,000, or 3.4 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.03 million, or 8.3 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Beechworth Health Service receives $5.504 million, up by $181,000, or 3.4 per cent, on the previous year and up by $607,000, or 12.4 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Benalla & District Memorial Hospital receives $21.311 million, up by $1.131 million, or 5.6 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.909 million, or 9.8 per cent.

Boort District Health receives $2.689 million, up by $51,000, or 1.9 per cent, on the previous year and up by $202,000, or 8.1 per cent.

Castlemaine Health receives $26.484 million, up by $2.825 million, or 11.9 per cent, on the previous year and up by $5.139 million, or 24.1 per cent, on what the former Liberal National G

Cobram District Health receives $7.739 million, up by $357,000, or 4.8 per cent, on the previous year and up by $805,000, or 11.6 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Cohuna District Hospital receives $6.237 million, up by $302,000, or 5.1 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.073 million, or 20.8 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Upper Murray Health & Community Services receives $4.891 million, up by $205,000, or 4.4 per cent, on the previous year and up by $536,000, or 12.3 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Echuca Regional Health receives $51.517 million, up by $5.23 million, or 11.3 per cent, on the previous year and up by $12.83 million, or 33.2 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Heathcote Health receives $3.227 million, up by $100,000, or 3.2 per cent, on the previous year and up by $601,000, or 22.9 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Hepburn Health Service receives $12.712 million, up by $582,000, or 4.8 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.786 million, or 16.3 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Kerang & District Health receives $7.402 million, up by $164,000, or 2.3 per cent, on the previous year and up by $568,000, or 8.3 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Kilmore & District Hospital receives $13.88 million, up by $1.083 million, or 8.5 per cent, on the previous year and up by $2.989 million, or 27.4 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Kyabram & District Health Services receives $17.115 million, up by $837,000, or 5.1 per cent, on the previous year and up by $2.438 million, or 16.6 per cent.

Kyneton District Health Service receives $9.981 million, up by $1.038 million, or 11.6 per cent, on the previous year and up by $2.196 million, or 28.2 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Maldon Hospital receives $2.169 million, up by $312,000, or 16.8 per cent, on the previous year and up by $519,000, or 31.4 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Mallee Track Health & Community Service receives $5.593 million, up by $147,000, or 2.7 per cent, on the previous year and up by $474,000, or 9.3 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Mansfield District Hospital receives $8.581 million, up by $275,000, or 3.3 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.494 million, or 21.1 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Mildura Base Hospital receives $107.859 million, up by $5.819 million, or 5.7 per cent, on the previous year and up by $19.986 million, or 22.7 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Nathalia District Hospital receives $2.647 million, up by $66,000, or 2.6 per cent, on the previous year and up by $152,000, or 6.1 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Northern Health receives $426.713 million, up by $45.164 million, or 11.8 per cent, on the previous year and up by $106.637 million, or 33.3 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Numurkah District Health Service receives $9.93 million, up by $354,000, or 3.7 per cent, on the previous year and up by $2.595 million, or 35.4 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Robinvale District Health Services receives $7.013 million, up by $272,000, or 4 per cent, on the previous year and up by $603,000, or 9.4 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Rochester & Elmore District Health Service receives $6.665 million, up by $422,000, or 6.8 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.168 million, or 21.2 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Seymour Health receives $13.452 million, up by $308,000, or 2.3 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.23 million, or 10.1 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Swan Hill District Health receives $37.525 million, up by $1.91 million, or 5.4 per cent, on the previous year and up by $5.209 million, or 16.1 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Tallangatta Health Service receives $4.76 million, up by $156,000, or 3.4 per cent, on the previous year and up by $498,000, or 11.7 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Northeast Health Wangaratta receives $98.336 million, up by $6.654 million, or 7.3 per cent, on the previous year and up by $20.199 million, or 25.9 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Albury Wodonga Health receives $233.715 million, up by $9.391 million, or 4.2 per cent, on the previous year and up by $36.004 million, or 18.2 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Yarrawonga & District Health Service receives $10.62 million, up by $423,000, or 4.1 per cent, on the previous year and up by $1.229 million, or 13.1 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided

Yea & District Memorial Hospital receives $3.231 million, up by $179,000, or 5.9 per cent, on the previous year and up by $268,000, or 9 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided