With the return of Mildura Base Hospital to public management set for next month, the Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has challenged the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding to upgrade infrastructure at the hospital.
The State Government announced in August last year that it would terminate Ramsay Health’s contract to manage the Mildura Base Hospital and return it to public management in September. With the announcement came a commitment of just $1 million towards the completion of a new regional health service plan.
Prior to this announcement, Ramsay Health committed $13 million for the construction of a new 16 bed ward, theatre equipment sterilisation upgrades and clinical training at the hospital, should their management contract be renewed.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos in State Parliament last week, Ms Lovell pointed out that funding of at least $13 million was required to complete the badly needed infrastructure projects earmarked by Ramsay Health.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell emphasised that funding to at least match or better this commitment was needed from the Andrews Labor Government to ensure the health care needs of the Mildura community are not disadvantaged by the change to public management.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“As the current managers of the Mildura Base Hospital, Ramsay Health are best placed to know the new infrastructure required for the hospital to continue delivering quality health care to the Mildura community.
“Ramsay committed $13 million for these projects before it was announced the hospital was returning to public management and I call on the Andrews Labor Government to match or better this funding commitment and deliver the infrastructure projects the hospital badly needs.”
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