Labor misses chance to support Warrnambool nurses

Media Release
06 February 2019

Labor misses chance to support Warrnambool nurses

Prior to the election, the Andrews Labor Government promised it would improve nurse-to-patient ratios at the Warrnambool Base Hospital, but yesterday passed legislation that failed to include the hospital, Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says.

Mrs Britnell said the Labor Government has squandered an opportunity to show its commitment to the South West Coast community and deliver on one of its election promises.

“This was an opportunity for the Labor Government to show they do actually care about the nurses of Warrnambool and come good on their promise to increase staffing levels,” she said.

“But the legislation introduced failed to do so and when I raised the matter in a briefing with the department, I was told it could be some years away.”

“Daniel Andrews and Labor made big promises prior to the election about increasing nursing staff at the hospital, but when they had an opportunity, they failed to deliver.”

Mrs Britnell said it was no surprise, considering Labor was still yet to do anything about the much needed stage two upgrade of the hospital.

“Warrnambool Base Hospital is the biggest in Western Victoria, but Daniel Andrews and Labor have failed to do anything about the dire need to upgrade the emergency department and operating theatres.

“I invited the new Health Minister Jenny Mikakos to visit the hospital 61 days ago, to see for herself how cramped these areas and the amazing job our doctors and nurses are doing in such limiting facilities.

“To date, I have not received a response, again showing just how high on Labor’s radar the Warrnambool Base Hospital is.”