Victoria Shadow Minister for Regional & Rural Development Peter Ryan
Liberal Candidate for Bendigo West Anita Donlon
Nationals Candidate for Bendigo West Steven Oliver
Coalition To Give Ageing Castlemaine Hospital A $10 Million Boost
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition will fund a $10 Million upgrade of Castlemaine’s ageing Hospital if it is elected to Government this month.
Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan made the announcement in Castlemaine today with The Nationals candidate for Bendigo West Steven Oliver and Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Anita Donlon.
“Under a Coalition Government Castlemaine Health will receive an additional $10 Million to fund much-needed capital works and fix serious maintenance problems.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The funding will provide for the relocation and refurbishment of Castlemaine’s accident and emergency department and the building of a second emergency theatre to be used as a procedure room.”
“It will also provide the community with an up-to-date, contemporary day surgery ward and recovery area, improving privacy and infection control.”
Mr. Ryan said Labor had failed to provide appropriate funding for Castlemaine’s Hospital over the past decade.
“Castlemaine’s hospital is more than 100 years old and is located in a number of disjointed buildings built on the side of a hill.” Mr. Ryan said.
“Since Labor came into government in 1999, there has been a lack of significant investment in the hospital’s acute health services.”
“Hospital Staff is being forced to use trucks to deliver meals between different hospital wards because of the facility’s awkward layout.”
“The Coalition’s commitment will make life easier for staff and will result in greater working efficiencies and cost savings for the Hospital.” Mr. Ryan said.
The Nationals Candidate for Bendigo West Steven Oliver said the ageing hospital was struggling to cope with a growing population, forcing many local residents to travel to Bendigo to receive treatment.
“The Coalition’s investment is a fantastic boost, not just for Castlemaine but also for Central Goldfields and Macedon Ranges residents who also use the hospital.” Mr. Oliver said.
Liberal Candidate for Bendigo West Anita Donlon said the Coalition was committed to ending the neglect of the Brumby Labor Government.
“Under a Coalition Government, Castlemaine will finally receive its fair share of funding,” Ms Donlon said.
“These upgrades will ensure a greater number of residents can be treated at Castlemaine.” Ms. Donlon said.
Premier John Brumby was quoted on Television by saying that “All the Liberals are doing is running around the State making announcements.”
When Editor Victor P Taffa commenced Publishing The Southern Thunderer a request was made to be added to the Brumby Government Media Release List. There was no response or reply from the office of Premier John Brumby.
Premier John Brumby has not made any announcements besides the Boot Camp idea. It is simply remarkable that a Government can be so arrogant as to believe that by simply holding an Election is enough for people to vote a Party back in for another four years. The Brumby Labor Government has no new solutions to the problems that is has created.
In contrast the Liberal/National Coalition offers an alternative with policy solutions for the basic delivery of services for Victoria.
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