Building for the future of healthcare in Wangaratta
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
A Nationals Government will set in stone the future of healthcare in Wangaratta, through a long-term commitment, that will lead to the development of a new health precinct.
The future proofing commitment will see $7 million set aside over the next four years for a variety of preliminary works, including the acquisition of land, feasibility study, and masterplans for a new hospital and health precinct.
Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Emma Kealy, said that only a Nationals Government is able to future proof the health system in North East Victoria.
“We need to ensure that regional Victorians have health facilities that meet the present demands and future growth.
“This is an exciting opportunity for healthcare in Wangaratta to expand into new, modern, and vibrant facilities.
“Tim McCurdy has been pushing hard for this, and it is great to be able to invest into local healthcare.”
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, said that the commitment is a step forwards in providing high quality services to health in the north east.
“The current site has served the community well, however, there is little room for expansion beyond building on the existing structure, causing disruptions to hospital operations.
“NHW services a large area, and often takes in from other regions. It is at capacity now, and the demand is only going to grow.”
Mr McCurdy also expressed his optimism about the future of healthcare in Wangaratta if the Nationals are elected to Government.
“Wangaratta deserves their fair share of funding. The staff in our health sector are doing an incredible job, however, they need new facilities to help support their work.
“Only a Nationals Government will deliver a bold plan that will future proof the Hospital for the next generation of locals, and many more to come.”