Record Funding Boost For Better Patient Care At Wangaratta Hospital

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

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced Northeast Health Wangaratta will receive $98.336 million, up by $6.654 million, or 7.3 per cent, on the previous year.

The Wangaratta Hospital allocation is up by $20.199 million, or 25.9 per cent, on what the former Liberal National Government provided.

“This record boost means better hospitals and efficient care that is first class and accessible, no matter where you live,” Ms Symes said.

“We know our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff do a remarkable job at Wangaratta Hospital and this record boost gives them the support they need to keep saving lives and keep people in Northern Victoria.

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

The funding boost comes on the back of an extra $1.67 billion in this year’s State Budget over four years.

The budget breakdown shows how the Labor Government’s record investment in the 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.

And it’s $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, no matter where they live.

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.