O'Brien takes up Foster hospital fight again
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien, has again called on the Labor Government to provide funding for improvement works at the South Gippsland Hospital at Foster.
Mr O'Brien took the opportunity during Budget Estimates hearings in Parliament this week to raise the need for $2.1 million for the project with Health Minister Jill Hennessy.
"The State Budget included $200 million for a Regional Health Infrastructure Fund which I suggested to the Minister would be a perfect fit for the Foster upgrade.
"The Minister gave no commitment but indicated she would welcome a funding application from the hospital.
"I've provided the hospital with this information and will be happy to support an application going forward."
Mr O’Brien said the hospital lacked a dedicated post-operative recovery area, had no consulting rooms and the maternity wing was cramped and needed to be expanded. The hospital has developed plans for an extension to alleviate these problems.
“At present the hospital has 16 acute beds, theatre and maternity services, which are well utilised, but it needs this funding so it can continue to cater for the Foster and district community, now and into the future.
"Labor needs to allocate funding to support the Corner Inlet community and this new infrastructure fund is an ideal opportunity.
“I understand the Department of Health is aware of this proposal and I encourage the Minister to allocate funding to get this important project underway.”
Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien with Adam Deere, CEO Peter Rushen, Gabrielle Buckland and Paul Ahern at South Gippsland Hospital during his recent visit.