Benalla Hospital 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 Victoria’s health care.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today announced the Andrews Labor Government is investing $21.8 million at Benalla and District Memorial Hospital. That’s $709,000 more than the previous 12 months – a 3.4 per cent increase.

The funding for Benalla Hospital has increased by $2.39 million, or 12.3 per cent, since 2014/15, the last year the former Liberal Nationals Government was in power.

It’s all part of the Labor Government’s 2018/19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – 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.

“The Andrews Labor Government is giving our hospitals the funding they need to treat more patients sooner, and closer to home,” Ms Symes said.

“We’re delivering record funding to ensure Benalla and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home.

“Our doctors, nurses, allied and other healthcare workers dedicate themselves each day to care for us when we need it.

“We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.”

The record funding boost will ensure our hospitals can provide the very best treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospital and the 1.8 million Victorians who will access emergency departments in the coming 12 months.

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.

The funding boost will open more beds, offer better specialist care and give families even greater access to a wide range of services.

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.