The Liberals are committed to Goulburn Valley Health and are getting on with the job.
An elected Liberal Government will provide more than $21 million to complete the GV Health Masterplan, deliver a Residential Mother and Baby Unit and progress early works and planning of Stage 2 of the hospital redevelopment.
The Andrews Labor Government has deliberately stalled the masterplan for Stage 2 of GV Health and the Integrated Cancer Centre. The GV Health Masterplan was due for completion in March, pushed out to May and then finally July but two weeks out from Election Day, the work is still yet to be completed.
“This will be very welcome news to the people of the Shepparton electorate, said Cheryl Hammer, Liberal Candidate for Shepparton. Unlike the actions of the current Member for Shepparton, if elected I will get on with the job of building the Residential Mother and Baby Unit and progressing Stage 2 of the hospital redevelopment.”
Unfortunately, Suzanna Sheed has been complicit in Labor’s mismanagement of the GV Health Masterplan. Ms Sheed has continuously failed to hold Labor to account for this disgraceful delay and has let down the people of Shepparton District as a result.
In contrast, the Liberals will deliver a 5-bed Residential Mother and Baby Unit and enable the masterplan to move into the design and early works stage.
The stalling of the masterplan process shows that Labor and Suzanna Sheed cannot be trusted to deliver the health services Shepparton both needs and deserves.
At today’s announcement, Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge said, “Women in the Shepparton area will be able to stay together with their babies, when they might otherwise be admitted to the Adult Acute Unit and separated from their infants or even have to travel to Melbourne for their mental health care.”
Labor had their chance and they have failed to deliver the masterplan they said they would. Only the Liberal Nationals have committed to continuing to invest in the future development of GV Health.