March 26, 2016: Members Statement on South West Healthcare redevelopment

The Minister for Health might need reminding that not all valuable health services are located in Melbourne.

South West Healthcare is the largest provider of health services in south-west Victoria. It is 16 months since we invited the minister to tour the facilities.

The project is half done. Theatre and accident and emergency are part of the second stage. Without their completion stage 1 is window-dressing.

What is the point of a nice bed if the theatre and emergency departments cannot keep up? Our waiting lists are worse than Ballarat’s, and simply due to lack of room we cannot meet the 4-hour key performance indicator to treat emergency patients. With the upcoming budget our community needs stage 2. Come and visit, and you will see for yourself.