More Castlemaine patients will get better access to safer and higher quality care thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost to buy new state-of-the-art hospital beds at Castlemaine Health.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP today announced Castlemaine Health would receive $780,000 through the Labor Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

The funding boost for Castlemaine Health will be used to replace 130 beds across the hospital’s acute, sub-acute and residential aged care services

The beds will include four specialist bariatric king single beds and five hi-lo beds for acute surgical patients.

This boost will improve health outcomes for patients by giving them access to modern, safe and comfortable beds to aid recovery during their hospital stay.

New beds will also help doctors and nurses to easily raise, lower and move patients, reducing the risk of injuries and making their work safer.

The $200 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – is rebuilding rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the high quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live.

Last year’s budget delivered $1.67 billion to support hospitals meet demand and provide the high quality care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades.

Last year, Castlemaine Health received $26.5 million in funding from the Labor Government – $2.8 million more than provided in the previous financial year, and a whopping $5.1 million or 24.1 per cent more than the Liberals’ last budget.

Our investment is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull’s dud hospital’s funding deal which would short-change Victorians by $2.1 billion in five years. That would mean $5.2 million less for Castlemaine Health, which is equivalent to 835 elective surgeries, 41 nurses or 17 doctors.

This is on top of the $104 million that Victoria is already owed by the Federal Liberal Government – but that Malcolm Turnbull is refusing to pay – despite independent advice confirming Victoria is entitled to the funding.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“We’re putting Castlemaine patients first and revamping the hospital so more patients in the community can be treated sooner, closer to home.”

Doctors and nurses at Castlemaine already do a remarkable job. With this boost, we’re supporting them to do their job saving lives and keeping locals healthy by giving them the very best equipment.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Here in Castlemaine, we’re replacing hospital beds so locals can access the safe, high quality care they deserve. Better beds mean better care and better comfort for patients.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP