Wednesday 31 October 2018
Liberals will fund major redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital
Maryborough Hospital will get the vital 21st century hospital it needs under a Liberal Nationals government.
Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy today announced that an elected Liberal Nationals government would invest $100 million to deliver all elements of the recently completed masterplan for the Maryborough Hospital.
Mr Guy said, “The Maryborough Hospital building is old, and it is no longer fit for purpose. There have been a series of ad-hoc additions over the years, but it simply doesn’t meet modern patient care and health services anymore.”
“We will build all the elements of the recently completed masterplan in stages while the existing hospital remains open. We will work closely with the Maryborough and District Health Service and community to deliver the largest health project in Maryborough’s history.”
“Louise has been a relentless advocate for this project. She has listened and talked to her communities in and around Maryborough and fought hard for this upgrade to ensure Maryborough Hospital can deliver high-quality community health services into the future.” Mr Guy said.
The upgrade, the largest since Maryborough Hospital was built, will include a new full-sized theatre and day procedure theatre, birthing suites, dialysis room, urgent care and radiology. It also includes a significant community health centre and additional parking for staff, patients and visitors.
Maryborough District Health services approximately 15,000 people and demand is continuing to grow.
Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge said, “This much needed redevelopment will ensure that Maryborough Hospital can deliver high-quality community health and urgent care services.”
Ms Wooldridge said, “The people of Maryborough deserve better. Health is the number one issue for so many people and regional towns like Maryborough must be equipped to deliver quality health services to our community.”
“Staff at our hospital do a wonderful job, but they also need a modern workplace to give patients the very best of care.”
“Currently many people have to travel away from Maryborough, often to Ballarat or Bendigo, to receive treatment and care. The new facilities will mean Maryborough patients will no longer be required to travel long distances to access the new technologies and high-quality health care, saving them time and travel costs.”
Liberal Member for Ripon, Louise Staley told the media, “We’re putting Maryborough patients first, delivering new facilities, new technologies to treat more patients and keep our community healthy.” Ms Staley said.
The full project will also include the reinstatement of the original building as an administrative centre for health in the area.
“It will be wonderful to see the reinstatement of the original building and the restoration of the streetscape view. It is such an iconic building in Maryborough, and I know many people in the community will be delighted to see it restored.” Ms Staley said.
The Liberal Nationals are committed to delivering a better deal on health services for people who want to live, work and raise their families in regional towns like Maryborough.
Matthew Guy said “The Liberal Nationals are committed to growing the whole state, and Ms Staley has made it clear Maryborough Hospital was a must-do project for a government serious about building regional communities.”
“Our vision is to build a state of cities and not be a city-state focused on Melbourne as this Labor Government has been.
“A Liberal Nationals Government will take back control of population growth and make sure we have the right growth, in the right places, at the right time.
“We won’t repeat the failures of past state governments that failed to plan for and invest in the infrastructure that will ensure regional Victoria continues to thrive.
“That’s why we’ve already announced that under a Liberal Nationals Government there will be a Population Commission providing the State Government with advice about where to invest in services, like hospitals and schools
“To do this, we must invest in community infrastructure – the hospitals and health services, the schools and TAFEs, the local sports grounds and community centers and more.”
The Liberal Nationals’ health commitments for regional Victoria also include:
- A $140 million palliative care investment – the largest investment of its kind in Australia – to ensure terminally ill patients and their families can get the support they need as they approach the end of their lives
- A rural health workforce strategy to tackle shortages of doctors and allied health professionals in rural areas
- Free flu vaccinations for all Victorian children between the ages of 6 months and five years
- Backing our farmers with a $4 million investment over four years for the National Centre for Farmer Health
- A $175 million expansion of home and community care and support for Victorians with chronic disease and other conditions