West Wins Big in 2015 State Budget

Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is putting the health of Victorian families first, investing an extra $1.38 billion in our hospitals, ambulances and health programs.

Ms Thomson said West Melbourne families were big winners with $200 million to build a new Western Women and Children’s Hospital in Sunshine to cater for the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

“Our $200 million investment to build a new Western Women and Children’s Hospital will mean local families can access the care they need, closer to home,” Ms Thomson said.

“This new hospital will provide 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.

“Preliminary work for the new hospital will be carried out over the next year, with the main construction to take place in the following two years.

“Labor always invests in health, and, from upgrading our hospitals, to better supporting our ambulance service, and opening new beds, we are doing everything we can to fix our health system.”

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides hospitals across Victoria with additional funding to help reduce waiting times in emergency departments and elective surgery lists.
This increased funding will enable hospitals to admit an extra 60,000 patients and treat an extra 40,000 patients in emergency departments each year.
The Government knows that West Melbourne hospitals are under immense pressure after four years of neglect under the former Liberal Government.

This Budget demonstrates the Labor Government’s commitment to ensuring families in Footscray can access quality health care in a timely way.

An extra $99 million is also being provided to help address the ambulance crisis left behind by the Liberals.

This increased funding for Ambulance Victoria will deliver more ambulance services, upgrade ambulance branches and provide new and replacement vehicles and equipment. It will also deliver increased support services for Victoria’s hardworking paramedics.

The Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee is undertaking public consultation on its interim report and will provide final recommendations to the Government by the end of the year about how to improve ambulance response times, reduce ramping and better manage paramedic workload and fatigue.
Families in Footscray, particularly those with young children, will benefit from the Government’s reintroduction of the Parents’ Whooping Cough Vaccination Program, which will commence from 1 June this year. This program was axed by the previous Liberal Government in 2012.
The Government has invested $8.4 million to provide this vaccine for all pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation and their partners and all parents and guardians of newborn babies under six months of age.