A WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOR GEELONG

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver the Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital to give local mums and their families more maternity and paediatric services, closer to home.

The Liberals’ broken promises came back to haunt Geelong patients earlier this year when Geelong Private Hospital announced it had to close its doors, putting patients and staff out on the street.

The Hospital’s closure was thanks to the Liberals who, despite promising the people of Geelong a public hospital, instead signed a secret, dodgy deal that saw another private hospital thrown into the mix, at Waurn Ponds in 2010 – meaning Geelong Private Hospital couldn’t survive.

To fix the Liberals’ mess, we took immediate action to help workers affected by the closure of Geelong Private Hospital. We found new opportunities for staff to do the jobs they want, with 117 positions immediately made available at Barwon Health.

We’ve already invested $10 million to identify options to transform Geelong Private Hospital on Ryrie Street into a public Women’s and Children’s Hospital – and now we’re going further.

As the planning work continues, Labor will invest $100 million to make a flying start on Stage 1 of the project, funding further detailed planning and design and early construction, converting the site into a new public Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital that will deliver more maternity and paediatric services for Geelong, so that families don’t have to travel far to get the care they need.

You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to health. When they’re not breaking promises, they’re cutting, closing and privatising at every chance they get.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“As a parent, I know that having kids is both a magical and a stressful time. Only Labor will build a world-class Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital, so that more local mums can have their babies closer to home.”

“Only Labor will get this hospital done. We’ve already started on the planning – but there’s more to do.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The closure of Geelong Private Hospital was a big blow for the community. We’ve stood with local nurses and other healthcare staff – and now we’re standing with patients too.”

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“Only Labor provides the healthcare that families can count on. The Liberals cut, close and privatise at every chance they get – and it’s hit Geelong patients hard.”