A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will complete a major redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital to make sure local patients get the world-class treatment and care they need, closer to home.

The Andrews Labor Government has already funded a new cutting-edge CT scanner in Maryborough to make sure patients get their diagnosis faster and we’re building high-quality education facilities at the Maryborough District Health Service’s Centre of Inspired Learning, so local nurses can study closer to home – but we know there’s more to do.

That’s why Labor will provide $100 million to transform the Maryborough Hospital, giving patients the quality care they need, and doctors and nurses the facilities they deserve.

The development will be completed in stages, and will include a 3,000 to 3,700 square metre building on the Maryborough District Health Service’s Maryborough campus, and an additional building to replace the hospital’s ageing urgent care centre.

It will deliver more acute medical beds, acute surgery beds, another operating theatre, and more consultation rooms, giving local families the peace of mind that help is just around the corner when they need it most.

Labor will also ensure 1,483 more specialist appointments will be offered locally, meaning patients won’t have to travel to Melbourne, spending time away from loved ones.

The Liberal and Nationals’ record on health is one of cuts, closures and privatisation. The Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office, hurting regional patients, and now, they’re silent as the Morrison Liberal Government embarks on another round of savage cuts that will see our regional and rural hospitals suffer.

The Liberals have clawed back $201 million from Victorian hospitals for services they have already provided. For Maryborough, it equates to $420,000 being ripped out of the local community – the equivalent of 25 hip replacements, 816 dialysis sessions or 378 chemotherapy procedures.

It’s more proof that you can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to health – all they do is cut; it’s in their DNA.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“A once-in-a-generation redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital will give local families the peace of mind that world-class care is just around the corner – and only Labor will get it done.”

“We’ll make Maryborough Hospital one of the best in regional and rural Victoria, giving hardworking doctors and nurses everything they need to provide locals the very best care, closer to home.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The Liberals take an axe to health at every chance they get. The Victorian Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in government, and now they’re silent as Scott Morrison does the same.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ripon Sarah De Santis

“Only Labor invests in the hospitals and health care that Maryborough families can count on when they need it the most.”

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