GIVING PATIENTS IN SHEPPARTON THE BEST CARE

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver better care for people in Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley – with more specialists and better ambulance services with more paramedics.

Only Labor stands with our doctors, nurses and patients. We’ve already repaired the Liberals’ chronic cuts to health care, investing $3.2 billion to build world-class hospitals and give our health care workers modern equipment, including $169 million to upgrade and rebuild Shepparton’s hospital. But there’s more to do.

That’s why Labor will put more world-leading specialists into the regions, paving the way for 500,000 more specialist appointments in regional and rural Victoria over the next four years. In Shepparton, regional patients will be able to access 19,300 additional specialist appointments over the next four years.

Right now, many regional patients are required to travel to Melbourne for appointments and treatment, or face big out-of-pocket costs for a local private appointment.

With private specialist appointments costing between $175 and $565, this investment has the potential to save Victorian patients thousands of dollars. It will mean regional patients won’t be spending hours away from loved ones to access specialist care.

Labor will also establish an easy-to-access registry for GPs, with up-to-date information about individual hospital wait lists, so that country patients can be seen faster – and closer to home.

To boost care even further for local families, a re-elected Labor Government will fund more paramedics in the Goulburn Valley, with Murchison becoming a dual officer station as part of a $109 million investment in ambulance services across regional Victoria.

The former Liberal Government slashed funding to health and went to war with our paramedics, causing the rate of ambulances arriving at Code 1 emergencies within 15 minutes to deteriorate to a record low of 73 per cent – the worst on the Australian mainland.

We’ve ended the war, reversed the savage Liberal cuts and delivered the best ambulance response times on record. This includes a rebuilt ambulance station in Murchison and Tatura, and an ambulance resource in Nagambie for the first time ever.

New data released today shows 84.66 per cent of ambulances arrived at Code 1 emergencies in Shepparton within 15 minutes, compared with 82.05 per cent for the same period 12 months prior.

Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Four years ago I made a promise to fix the ambulance crisis and we have. But there’s more to do, and only Labor can be trusted to back our paramedics.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“Victorians can’t afford to go back to the days where patients were left dying because an ambulance couldn’t get there in time. Only Labor will give people confidence that in an emergency, they’ll get the life-saving care they need.”

Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Shepparton Bill Heath

“It’s a Labor Government that’s getting on with rebuilding Shepparton’s hospital, but we know there’s more to do. This package will provide more paramedics and give locals more access to specialist care, closer to home.”

Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp

“This boost to paramedics will improve care and saves lives, and builds on our record investment in health and ambulance services in Shepparton and across the Goulburn Valley.”