The Andrews Labor Government has announced a special $20 million boost to health service funding that will see ageing infrastructure at 15 health services across Victoria upgraded.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced hospitals will share in funding from a one-off boost that comes on top of $25 million already provided through the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program in 2016/17.
The program in 2016/17 helped 21 health services replace essential equipment such heating and air conditioning systems, nurse call communications systems, as well as upgrading electrical, water and fire services and lifts.
However, the Victorian State Government deemed that more funding was needed to meet demand, with Health Minister Jill Hennessy reaffirming the Government's commitment to better health care.
“Our investment will mean better hospitals, better equipment and faster care for all Victorians, closer to home.
“We are modernising engineering infrastructure so patients can access safe and reliable health facilities and the very best care.
“Our dedicated doctors and nurses do a remarkable job. We are giving them the modern facilities they need to save lives and keep Victorians healthy.”
The main beneficiaries from the funding top up include the Alfred Health which will receive $9.4 million to replace the hospital’s sewerage and storm water system, as well the Royal Melbourne Hospital that is getting $2.1 million to replace cooling towers and an air-cooled chiller.
In rural Victoria, hospitals in Horsham, Wodonga, Mildura, Echuca, Ararat, Sale, Bairnsdale, Wangaratta and Hamilton will share in funding for equipment such as chillers, boilers and emergency generators.
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