$3.7 billion black hole in Labor’s health budget

Liberal Party Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has failed to deliver any new funding for major redevelopments of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital, a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) post-election report has confirmed.

Once again, Labor is playing politics with the health of Victorians.

Just $2.3 billion of $6 billion required for this major rebuild has been provided within the State Budget, leaving a $3.7 billion black hole in Labor’s hospital plan. Less than 5 per cent of required funding is actually allocated to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital rebuilds before the next state election.

Without adequate funding, hospital redevelopments won’t be completed in the time frame that Victorians desperately need. This includes the overdue Geelong Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Melton Hospital and the promised ten community hospitals which are yet to begin helping patients.

Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier, said Daniel Andrews had overseen a broken health system in Victoria.

“The PBO’s report has confirmed what we knew all along – the Andrews Labor Government has no plan to the fix the crisis it has caused in our health system.”

“Labor promised billions in new and redeveloped health infrastructure right across the state, yet it will struggle to deliver anything of note in this term.”

“Victorians are waiting in pain on elective surgery lists that continue to grow. Daniel Andrews must come clean on how he intends to fix the health system when he fails to provide the funding it so desperately needs.”

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