Walwa Bush Nursing Hospital will receive a funding boost to secure services for the next two years under an elected Liberal Nationals Government, says Member for Benambra Bill Tilley.

Victoria’s 15 community-based, not-for-profit Bush Nursing Centres (BNCs) are at risk of closure under Daniel Andrews, after recent increases to nurse wages.

Mr Tilley said if elected, Walwa Bush Nursing Hospital will get an additional $10,000 each year for the next two years to secure services while we review the funding structure to ensure the long term financial viability of our vital Bush Nursing Centres.

“This hospital provides critical health care to our community, but city-centric Labor has failed to make sure the sector’s properly funded,” Mr Tilley said.

“This funding will make sure nurses and support staff can continue to deliver essential primary health services to our community.

“Our commitment will save lives, meaning these services can continue to meet community demand for health care and offer adequate hours of treatment and emergency care.”

City-centric Labor’s abandoned Victoria’s BNCs, refusing to provide adequate recurrent funding despite recent changes to the nurses EBA that have pushed up costs and left Centres with no choice but to reduce services or cut back nursing hours.

As the only health service in the rural and remote communities they’re based in, the services offered by BNCs are critical and can include allied health, respite care and emergency treatment.

Shadow Minister for Country Health Emma Kealy said the Andrews Government’s neglect had put the future of our BNCs at risk.

“We know Bush Nursing Centres are a critical health service in rural and remote communities – and we want to keep it that way,” Ms Kealy said.

“Unlike Labor, we believe good health care is one of the foundations of a community and should be a given – regardless of where you live.”



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