Minister Hennessy’s recycled answe

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has used the same old line after being asked when she will visit Warrnambool Base Hospital.

Responding to an invitation from South West Coast MP Roma Britnell, Minister Hennessy said she would visit the hospital when she was “next in the region”.

It’s the same response the Minister has given on two previous occasions.

“In October 2015 Minister Hennessy was invited by Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge,” Mrs Britnell said.

“I extended another invitation in March. The minister said both times she would come when she was next in the region.

“The minister was in the south-west during May, visiting Moyne Health Services in Port Fairy, but she didn’t keep her word and did not visit Warrnambool Base Hospital.”

Minister Hennessy hasn’t visited the region’s largest hospital since being sworn into the role in November 2014.

Mrs Britnell said if the Minster visited, she could see for herself why the hospital’s emergency department and operating theatres are in need of upgrade.

The Coalition has pledged to fund the $100 million stage two works if it wins government at the 2018 State Election.

“There is a desperate need for this upgrade,” Mrs Britnell said.

“The operating theatres haven’t been expanded since I worked in them in the 1980s, and the emergency department is too small, making it impossible for time targets to be met despite the incredible efforts of the dedicated staff.

“Our population is growing and if these facilities aren’t upgraded soon, waiting lists are going to get longer and the problem will become almost impossible to fix.

“I call on the minister to make Warrnambool Base Hospital a priority.”

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