The Andrews Labor Government has fulfilled its commitment to open 101 new beds and points of care through the $200 million Beds Rescue Fund, less than one year after they were promised.
Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA said the $200 million Fund had delivered extra Hospital beds to Djerriwarrh Health (4), Western Health (4) and Ballarat Hospital (2).
These new beds will mean extra patients will be treated each year.
Last year, former AMA Victoria President Dr Douglas Travis carried out the most comprehensive review ever undertaken into the capacity of Victoria’s hospitals.
In line with his recommendations, the 2015-16 Victorian Budget delivered $200 million to open 101 beds and points of care at hospitals across the state, which will treat nearly 20,000 extra patients every year.
While we have delivered on this promise to open 101 new beds and points of care in less than a year, the former Liberal Government, despite promising 800 new beds only managed to open 88 in three years.
Mr Nardella said:
“In less than a year, we have opened 101 new beds and points of care as promised so patients can access the care they need, when they need it.
Under the former Liberal Government, patients were waiting too long in emergency departments and for elective surgery. This is no surprise given the Liberals opened just 88 beds in three years.
Our Beds Rescue Fund will mean extra patients at health services get the treatment they need sooner.”