Victoria Minister for Health David Davis
Hospital Projects Deliver Jobs For Victoria
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government’s massive $364 Million investment in hospital redevelopments will pave the way for the creation of more than 700 jobs during the construction phase of the projects.
Minister for Health David Davis today visited Sunshine Hospital which received a $15.1 Million boost in the 2012/13 State Budget to expand its critical care and maternity capacity.
“Hospitals and aged care capital works projects funded in the Budget will deliver a significant jobs boon across Victoria, with the creation more than 700 new construction jobs.” Mr. Davis said.
“Here at Sunshine Hospital, a new intensive care unit and expanded maternity services will generate 17 new jobs during construction.”
“There will be 105 jobs created by Frankston Hospital’s $40 Million emergency department expansion and more than 560 jobs created by upgrades to hospitals across rural Victoria.”
“These new jobs come on top of the 500 new jobs created through the billion dollar Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project, 250 new jobs at the $447.5 Million Box Hill Hospital redevelopment and 735 jobs at the $630 Million Bendigo Hospital redevelopment.”
“New health infrastructure projects across the state are not only vital in boosting access to health services, but are also important in stimulating Victoria’s economy and creating more jobs.”
“These projects deliver substantial economic benefits for Victoria and the local community, with additional flow-on jobs supported in offsite industries such as design and manufacturing.”
Mr. Davis said the 2012/13 State Budget delivered $15.1 Million for Sunshine Hospital’s long awaited Intensive Care Unit, more maternity services and the first steps towards an interventional cardiology service.
“The increased maternity capacity at Sunshine Hospital, which will include two new labour delivery rooms, will cater for the expected baby boom in Melbourne’s west.” Mr. Davis said.
“The critical care expansion at Sunshine will include up to 13 intensive care beds, as well as an expanded pathology service.”
“This project is a significant step in sustaining key construction jobs in our state, while at the same delivering even more health services to residents in Melbourne’s west.”
Mr. Davis inspected construction works for the new $90.5 Million Acute Services Building at Sunshine Hospital, which is due to be completed in December.
“This project includes a four level inpatient wing with 128 beds, ambulatory care facilities including 30 day medical and chemotherapy chairs, outpatients clinic, a special care nursery and clinical support services.” Mr. Davis said.
“The project generated 210 construction jobs at its peak, with about 90 workers still on site.”