Comments provided to the media following news the Warrnambool Base Hospital would not be funded in the 2018/19 State Budget.
“James Purcell has obviously missed the commitments the Liberal Party has previously made to deliver a new emergency department and operating theatres at the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
“Mr Purcell has failed to secure government funding for this vital project and is now looking for an excuse and a scapegoat.
“To claim he needs a commitment from the Liberal Party to gain funding, when that commitment has been there all along, is laughable.
“James Purcell’s influence over government decisions is now becoming clear – he has very little.
The Liberal Party has been committed to rebuilding the emergency department and operating theatres for the past four years. The only ones not supporting this are Daniel Andrews and Labor.”