McCurdy urges minister to dig deeper for Wangaratta hospital

Thursday 9 March 2017

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy yesterday called for $15.1 million sought by Northeast Health Wangaratta to undertake stage one of its redevelopment plan to be provided.

Speaking in Parliament in response to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee budget estimates 2016-17 report, Mr McCurdy referred to enabling health services to respond to growing patient demand.

“Northeast Health is a 222-bed facility in Wangaratta which services a great part of my electorate right through Wangaratta and Myrtleford, Bright, Whitfield, Glenrowan - even Yarrawonga and Benalla - and many other towns that surround this region,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The health service, run by Margaret Bennett, is very active and forward-thinking.

“I have spoken to the Minister for Health on many occasions about an upgrade that is due at Wangaratta Northeast Health, which she has been very supportive of. I met with her earlier in this term and we had good, solid discussions about this.”

Mr McCurdy said the $15.1 million was for stage one of a $21 million, two-stage redevelopment which would service the increasing needs of the people within the hospital’s catchment.

“The funds required for the redevelopment will provide Northeast Health with the capacity to continue to meet the referral demand from across north-east Victoria,” he said.

“Northeast Health Wangaratta is committed to providing health care to more than 90,000 people across our region and Margaret Bennett does an incredible job with the 1200 staff and dedicated workforce.”

The redevelopment would see an increase of 22 acute medical beds, which would bring the number up to 49, and a doubling of the emergency care unit from four to eight beds. The funding would also bring about two renal dialysis chairs, one subacute bed and 10 emergency department cubicles.

“I am pleased $126,000 has just been announced for a CCTV system at Northeast Health Wangaratta. It is very important and vital that the safety of our patients and our health staff is well looked after,” Mr McCurdy said.

“I urge the minister to keep digging deeper and look for that $15 million that we need for stage one of this redevelopment.”

 

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