The Andrews Labor Government continues to ignore Albury Wodonga Health, the busiest regional hospital after Geelong, despite regional Victoria being in the midst of a health crisis.
While the government sits idly by, regional health services are crying out for help and desperately need attention.
By 2040, Albury Wodonga Health is forecast to treat up to 150,000 emergency presentations, perform 40,000 surgeries, care for 3,200 patients in intensive care and deliver almost 2,000 babies each year.
Lives have been put at risk while the agreement between the states, already four years out of date, continues to be pushed further down the road.
Critically needed improvements to hospitals have been ignored, while the Andrews Labor Government cannot provide a simple answer to the growing waiting list across the two cities.
A Liberal and Nationals Government will work with all states to ensure that regional Victorians have access to the healthcare they deserve.
The long-awaited Albury Wodonga Health Master Plan is expected to provide an insight into what that support might look like.
“I am very concerned that Albury and Wodonga residents aren’t getting the care they deserve due to the Andrews Labor Government’s mismanagement.
“Hospital wait-lists have surpassed 67,000. We are in the midst of a health crisis. Victorians deserve better.”Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy
“There are growing fears that this agreement, and the very future of Albury Wodonga Health, is on the verge of collapse.
“Labor needs to stump up – sign the agreement between the states, fund its share of the work needed to improve acute and sub-acute services and when a decision is made on future developments get on board with that too.”Member for Benambra, Bill Tilley