My question is to the Minister for Health in the other place, and I ask: will the minister visit my electorate and discuss the much-needed upgrade to the Warrnambool Base Hospital, and if so, when? Minister, I sent you an email on 6 December inviting you to visit the hospital but you have ignored my correspondence. This is a key issue for my electorate. Patient numbers at the hospital have soared 47 per cent in the past three years, with CEO Craig Fraser telling the Warrnambool Standard newspaper last week that the figures were:
… putting pressure on our facilities, especially the ageing infrastructure.
The community know the hospital needs to be upgraded and you know the hospital needs to be upgraded. Come and visit and see for yourself the pressure you are putting the nurses and doctors under by dragging your feet on this much-needed upgrade. Give the staff a break and the community the hospital they deserve. Enough is enough.