Thurday 21 March, 2019
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (18:49:06): My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Health, and the action I seek is for the minister to accompany me to the Swan Hill hospital in my electorate of Northern Victoria Region for a tour of the hospital and to meet with the staff, board and patients. Minister, as you are aware, there has been a very public campaign from the Swan Hill and district community seeking funding for a new hospital. I have personally met with the Swan Hill Needs a New Hospital group and can attest to their passion and community advocacy. Last year operational funding at Swan Hill District Hospital increased to a record $40.3 million. That is approximately $7.98 million, or 24.7 per cent more than in the last year the Liberal-Nationals were in power. The Liberals on the other hand cut funding from the health system, driving up wait times and giving up on rural and regional patients. The Andrews Labor government has also invested $3.4 million at Swan Hill District Health as part of its 2017–18 and 2018–19 Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. Included in this was significant funding to staff and run new inpatient rehabilitation and geriatric evaluation management services. That aside, the hospital does have its challenges as an ageing facility, and I invite the minister to join me for a visit to Swan Hill District Hospital in the near future.