Symes announces hospital funding

By Simon Ruppert

Patients and their families in Benalla will continue to get the best care from our hard-working doctors and nurses, thanks to a funding boost for Benalla and District Memorial Hospital.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes recently announced a $23.25 million investment for nurses and doctors at Benalla and District Memorial Hospital to do what they do best – provide the world-class care locals need.

“We’re backing local doctors and nurses to do what they do best, with a big funding boost for Benalla and District Memorial Hospital," Ms Symes said.

“There’s nothing more important than the peace of mind that world-class care is just around the corner when you or a loved one is sick.

"We’re making sure families in Benalla can get that care.”

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The Victorian Government’s funding is $1.9 million more than the previous 12 months, ensuring Benalla and District Memorial Hospital is perfectly placed to continue to offer the services and treatment that families deserve.

Ms Symes said the $23.25 million allocation was $3.85 million more than when the Liberal Nationals were last in power - a 19.9 per cent improvement.

Across the state, the government is providing $12.2 billion for our hospitals and health services to treat more patients and provide even better care, helping meet the needs of our growing state.

That includes a $2.5 billion boost to hospitals in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

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More than two million patients will be treated in Victorian hospitals during the next year, including more than 200 000 elective surgeries and 750 000 emergency department presentations.

It means more patients will receive care, treatment and surgeries sooner.

The state government is also making dental care free in Victorian public schools, providing 500 000 specialist appointments in regional Victoria, recruiting more nurses, midwives and paramedics, and getting on with the job of delivering its $3.8 billion pipeline of hospital construction projects.

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