BUILDING A NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL FOR THE CITY OF WHITTLESEA

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build a new Community Hospital to provide locals with the care they need closer to home.

When a loved one gets sick, families deserve the peace of mind that the very best care is just around the corner, which is why the Andrews Labor Government has already made record investments to build the world-class hospitals and health services that communities can count on.

Only Labor stands with our doctors, nurses and patients. We’ve already repaired the Liberals’ chronic cuts to health care, investing $3.2 billion to build world-class hospitals and deliver our health workers the modern equipment they need, but there’s more to do.

Labor will build a Community Hospital which will feature pathology and imaging services, pharmacy and dental services, mental health treatment and community-based palliative care.

It’s part of Labor’ $675 million fund to build and upgrade community hospitals in our suburbs and regional towns, meaning when injury or illness strikes, local families won’t need to travel to Melbourne’s busy major hospitals.

Labor is also delivering a $162.7 million project to expand the Northern Hospital, which operates one of Victoria’s busiest Emergency Departments, treating more than 88,000 patients.

Community hospitals will be there for Victorians when a child falls sick late at night, a  teenager breaks their ankle at sport, or a loved one needs dialysis or chemotherapy treatment.

We’ve already established Supercare Pharmacies throughout our suburbs and towns, but only a landmark boost to community hospitals will give patients the local care they deserve – and only Labor will get it done.

All Liberal Governments cut and close. The Kennett Liberal Government closed 12 hospitals across the state and the former Liberal Government slashed funding to health and went to war with our paramedics, causing ambulance response times to blow out to a record low of 73 per cent – the worst on the Australian mainland.

Construction of the Community Hospital will start in 2022 after detailed planning and input from the community about the best location for the new hospital.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Nothing beats the peace of mind of knowing that when a loved one gets sick, care is just around the corner.”

“Only a once-in-a-generation boost to community hospitals will give patients the best care – and only Labor will get it done.”

Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Only Labor will build a new Community Hospital and deliver the vital health services we need. Locals in the northern suburbs shouldn’t have to travel into the city to access services like rehab, chemotherapy and paediatric care and under Labor’s plan, they won’t have to.”