With less than a month to go until the Victorian election, the ALP making health, paramedics and improved ambulance response times a priority.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews launched Labor’s campaign with a pledge to recruit an extra 1,100 nurses and midwives if he is re-elected for a second term.
He said the extra nurses would allow for more staff on night shift, to be there when patients need them.
Labor has also promised $775 million to build and upgrade 10 community hospitals across Melbourne’s suburbs and towns. The new hospitals would be built at Whittlesea, Eltham, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend.
Labor said it would also work to improve existing medical services at Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury and Torquay to turn them into community hospitals.
Premier Daniel Andrews told the crowd of about 400 people gathered at Monash University in Clayton upgrades would allow families to access care closer to home. Ninety new paramedics would be hired as part of a $109 million package, which includes $25 million to buy 23 new ambulances. Fifteen single crew stations in the regions will be converted to dual stations, Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
The premier’s promises were widely welcomed as strong population growth in Victoria continues to put pressure on the state’s healthcare system. More facilities are needed.
By Lee Xie (Senior Project Manager)
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