Health State Budget 2015

Labor MPs mislead on health funding

31 July 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is not spending a cent of capital funding on health in northern Victoria.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has described a press release issued by Labor’s Members for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Steve Herbert this week as disgraceful.

Ms Ryan said the Labor MPs boasted to northern Victorians that Labor was spending $560 million in capital funding for hospitals, despite not a single cent of that money actually being spent in northern Victoria.

“The truth is, the Andrews Labor Government is undertaking just one capital project in regional Victoria - a $10 million cardiovascular lab at Ballarat Hospital,” Ms Ryan said.

"That's just 1.7 per cent of the total spend over the next four years which is paltry considering more than a quarter of the state's population lives in regional Victoria.

“The remaining $550 million of capital funding is being spent in Melbourne.”

Ms Ryan said Labor had delayed projects in northern Victoria, with $1 million to undertake yet more planning of the Goulburn Valley Base Hospital redevelopment, despite the fact the project is ready to go and had a $75 million funding commitment from the former Coalition Government.

“Labor MPs have also taken money from the Rushworth community where the old and outdated hospital had a $7 million commitment so it could be co-located with the aged care facility.

“It is disgraceful that this government thinks rural and regional Victorians deserve such a small share of capital funding for hospitals.

“That Labor MPs are desperately trying to dress this up as a substantial investment just shows that this Melbourne Labor Government does not care about country Victoria," Ms Ryan said.

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