July 30, 2015

LABOR’S FUNDING BOOST FOR BALLARAT HEALTH SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government is providing hospitals with extra funding to ensure Victorians can get the care they need when they need it.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the 2015-16 budget allocations for Victorian hospitals, including $236.3 million for Ballarat Health Services.

This is $9.4 million more than Ballarat Health Services was provided in last year’s State Budget.

In 2015-16, the Andrews Labor Government is spending a total of $15.85 billion across the entire health system; in hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drugs services, aged care, community health and public health services.

This is an increase of six per cent on 2014-15.

Victorian hospitals alone will share in $9.4 billion, which is $451.8 million (5 per cent) more than was provided in 2014-15.

This additional funding will support health services to meet the increasing demands of a growing and ageing population, expand and improve services and care, and reduce waiting times.

The Government’s extra investment in hospitals will enable an additional 60,000 patients to be admitted to Victorian hospitals, and an extra 40,000 patients to be treated in emergency departments, each year.

The Government has also invested more than $560 million to build new hospitals, expand and redevelop health and ambulance facilities, and purchase and upgrade equipment.

Ballarat Base Hospital, part of Ballarat Health Services, will receive $10 million to expand its cardiovascular services.

This expansion will mean more people living across Western Victoria can receive urgent heart assessment, treatment and care in Ballarat, instead of travelling to Geelong or Melbourne.

In addition, the Government has provided $200 million for a Hospital Beds Rescue Fund to open beds and points of care at hospitals across Victoria. This will enable hospitals to treat more patients sooner and reduce waiting times for elective surgery and emergency care.

Ballarat Health Services has received funding to open two short stay points of care, which will enable it to treat an extra 689 patients each year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy

“We are providing extra funding to hospitals; we are building and expanding health services; and we are improving care in our communities. We are putting patients first.”

“Not only are we investing more in health than the previous Liberal Government, we are also making important reforms so that our health system improves and Victorians can get the care they need, when they need it.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with rebuilding our health system so that Victorians can get the care and treatment they need and deserve.”

“The doctors, nurses and staff at Ballarat Health Services do such a fantastic job. I’m proud to be part of a government that is investing in our health system which means they can provide even more care for our loved ones.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“This extra funding for Ballarat Health Services will support improved services and outcomes for patients.”

“People across our region are already seeing the benefits of Labor’s investment with more people able to receive the care they need closer to home.”