The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued to pressure the Andrews Labor Government for a commitment to fund the completion of the Goulburn Valley Health redevelopment, including a designated Mother & Baby Unit.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Health Martin Foley in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell called on the Minister to release the long-awaited hospital masterplan and commit funding to complete the full redevelopment of the hospital in the 2021-22 State Budget.
Ms Lovell directed a similar question to Mr Foley in November last year, but the Minister failed to even respond. Nearly three years after it was due to be finalised, the GV Health Masterplan has still not been released, questioning the Andrews Labor Government’s desire to complete the much-needed redevelopment.
Ms Lovell said the need to complete the redevelopment was critical as components of the hospital including mental health and outpatients were not adequate to meet current and future demand and the need for a designated mother & baby unit to support young mothers and new families in the Goulburn Valley was unquestioned.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“With the 2021-22 State Budget to be delivered in May, it is time the Andrews Labor Government committed the necessary investment to complete the redevelopment of GV Health to ensure the hospital meets the health needs of the Goulburn Valley community.
“The Minister must release the GV Health Masterplan and ensure that the completion of the development is funded in the May State Budget.”
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