South West Coast MP Roma Britnell has again invited Health minister Jill Hennessy to visit the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
In Parliament this week, Mrs Britnell repeated her previous invitation, saying if the minister visited she would be instantly convinced of the need to complete the hospital’s second stage redevelopment.
“It’s the second time I have asked the minister to visit since being elected in November last year,” Mrs Britnell said
“The Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge has also asked Minister Hennessy to visit the hospital. She said she would when in the region next.
“Minster Hennessy has visited the region since then and not honoured her promise.
“But in the 19 months she has been the Minister, Ms Hennessy has failed to visit.”
Mrs Britnell said despite the standing invitations, when Minister Hennessy was in Port Fairy in June, she didn’t make the effort to travel the extra 20 minutes to visit Warrnambool.
“The minister would have almost driven past the front door on her way back to Melbourne,” Mrs Britnell said.
Mrs Britnell said the hospital’s second stage needed to go ahead to ensure it could continue to meet the urgent care needs of a growing population.
The Coalition has pledged $100 million to the upgrade if elected to government in 2018.
“The operating theatres haven’t been expanded since I worked in them 30 years ago. The emergency department is too small and doesn’t have the space the staff needs to treat people effectively,” Mrs Britnell said.
“I again urge the minister to make time to visit the Warrnambool Base Hospital and see for herself how much this upgrade is needed.”