August 29, 2014

Labor’s $10 million plan to save lives in Ballarat

Victorian Labor will expand the cardiovascular service at Ballarat Health Services, building and equipping a new, $10 million cardiac catheterisation laboratory (‘cath lab’).  

 During a visit today to Ballarat’s Base Hospital, Ballarat East MP Geoff Howard and Ballarat West MP Sharon Knight were on hand with Labor’s Ripon candidate Daniel McGlone, to announce the initiative with Labor Leader Dan Andrews.

The new lab 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.

 A National Heart Foundation report showed that Ballarat had the highest rate of cardiovascular disease in Victoria, with 32.3% of locals having the condition that causes heart attack and stroke.

Labor leader Dan Andrews said this new facility will mean more local residents can get urgent heart care here, rather than in Melbourne or Geelong.

‘When you need urgent heart treatment, every minute counts.’

Ballarat East MP, Geoff Howard, said a Labor Government funded Ballarat’s first cath lab in 2009 and now a Labor Government will expand it.

‘The Liberals cut local health funding but Labor stands up for our health services.’

State Member for Ballarat West, Sharon Knight said Cardiovascular
disease is the leading cause of death in this country and regional Victorians
are at high risk.

 ‘Locals want to be sure that urgent heart care is available when they need it.’

Labor Candidate for Ripon, Daniel McGlone said this service will
save lives right across Western Victoria.

As part of a $20 million investment in 2009, Labor funded the existing cath lab at Ballarat Health, with a ‘shell’ added within its floor plan for an additional cath lab. The second cath lab is now needed.