THE Liberals have matched a commitment by Labor to invest $115 million into the Wonthaggi Hospital redevelopment if they’re elected in the upcoming State Election.
Bass MP Brian Paynter joined with Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge, and hospital officials on Monday to reiterate the commitment.
Mr Paynter said developing regional health facilities is a critical part of the Liberals’ plan to decentralise Melbourne and tackle rapid population growth.
“The Bass Coast deserves the best quality health care possible, and an upgraded Wonthaggi Hospital will ensure that this is delivered,” he said, following the meeting with Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child and board chair Don Paproth.
Mr Paynter said an upgraded hospital with new theatres, emergency department and ward will benefit the entire Bass Coast area, including Phillip Island, and complement the Phillip Island Health Hub.
“No longer will it be necessary to travel long distances to get the best care Victoria has to offer. Our population is growing and out health care facilities need to keep pace.”
Ms Wooldridge said her colleague, Mr Paynter, has been a tireless advocate for the need to upgrade the hospital.
“With the growth in population and increasingly complex patient needs, the redeveloped Wonthaggi Hospital will be well-placed to deliver the care this community needs,” she said.