Steph pledges $2.4 million to public beds in Euroa
12 September 2018
Euroa Health will receive about $600,000 each year for four years to admit public patients if The Nationals are elected to government in November.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan was in Euroa today with Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge to make the announcement, saying Strathbogie Shire residents would finally be able to access publically funded Hospital services in their own community.
The $2.4 million commitment is $2 million more than the one year funding deal announced by the Andrews Government last week and will secure the hospital’s future for years to come.
“I’ve been working to secure this funding for the past four years and I’m so proud to stand here today to say that if the Liberals and Nationals are elected to government, we will provide $600,000 a year to Euroa Health to admit public patients,” Ms Ryan said.
“This has been a fight for equality and we have finally succeeded. Not only will this funding ensure Euroa residents can be treated locally, but it also guarantees the long-term future of our hospital.”
“Until now, Strathbogie Shire has been the only shire in the state without any access to public health care. It’s a gross injustice which has meant residents who could be treated at Euroa Health have instead been forced away from home to hospitals in Shepparton, Seymour or Benalla.”
Ms Ryan said the public funding would reduce travel for those requiring hospital care, keep them closer to family and improve recovery.
“It will also reduce the need for the Euroa ambulance to spend time ferrying patients back and forth from Shepparton, leaving the rest of our region exposed during emergencies.”
Ms Wooldridge said Ms Ryan had been a tireless advocate for public beds in Euroa.
“Steph has worked so hard to get Labor to acknowledge that public healthcare should be accessible to Euroa residents in their own community,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“Labor’s one year funding agreement falls desperately short of what the community needs and won’t guarantee access to Euroa residents beyond next year.
“Through Steph’s advocacy, we have agreed to fully fund the hospital’s request for $600,000 a year to give Euroa residents access to the healthcare they deserve,” Ms Wooldridge said.