$400m hospital upgrade promise | PerthNow


Victoria’s opposition has pledged a $400million upgrade to Maroondah Hospital in Melbourne’s east end if it wins the next state election.

This would mean larger staff training facilities so that more doctors and nurses could work in the health service.

The upgrade would also include big-ticket items like a new emergency department, intensive care unit and intensive care unit, additional operating theaters and more parking for staff.

Further details of the renovation and expansion will be worked out with the hospital operator, Eastern Health, and the local community.

The Ringwood East facility is one of the main hospitals serving much of Melbourne’s growing eastern suburbs.

The hospital-related announcement is the fourteenth from the opposition ahead of the November ballot.

He had previously said he would cut part of the commuter rail loop and redirect $35 billion earmarked for the project to the health care system.

The exact amount that will be saved by stopping the project is disputed, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including the Commonwealth.

“After years of neglect and underinvestment, Maroondah Hospital has fallen behind,” opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said in a statement on Saturday.

“Communities in East Melbourne are struggling to access the healthcare they deserve.”

A Victorian government spokesman said the Opposition’s proposed cuts to health services were concerning.

“You cannot trust the Liberals with our healthcare system anywhere, but especially in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne – where they have closed Burwood Hospital,” they said in a statement.

“Normally, it takes until after an election for the Liberals to start cutting health care.

“But the Matthew Guy Liberals have already promised more than they would get by cutting the commuter rail loop and are already abandoning their health promises to regional Victoria.”

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