Families in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula will be able to access world class healthcare close to home with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive redevelopment of Frankston Hospital.
The Victorian Liberals cut more than $1 billion out of our health system, closing hospital beds and leaving thousands of Victorians stuck on waiting lists.
Cuts are in the Liberals’ DNA, with new revelations today about a sinister plan by Scott Morrison and the Federal Liberals to claw back hundreds of millions owed to Victoria for health funding, which means cuts and closures.
Only Labor will deliver high quality, affordable public healthcare to Victorians. The Andrews Labor Government promised to expand Frankston Hospital’s emergency department and we have, with 12 new short stay emergency beds now open and work underway on a new crisis hub for emergency mental health care that was funded in this year’s Budget.
With more people choosing to make Frankston home and a huge baby boom, we know there is more work to do to meet the growing demand for healthcare from local families. By 2032, there will be around 3,000 babies a year born at Frankston Hospital, and only Labor will expand Frankston Hospital for mums, bubs and Frankston families.
The $562 million project will transform Frankston Hospital with 120 new hospital beds, two new operating theatres and an additional 13 new emergency department beds as part of the 11-storey redevelopment.
It will deliver a massive expansion of child and maternal health services to meet growing demand as more young families move to Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. This includes a new maternity ward, obstetrics ward, women’s clinic, paediatric ward and special care nursery.
People with mental health conditions will be able to get the help they need with more mental health beds and two levels of the 11-storey hospital redevelopment to be devoted entirely to mental health services.
There will also be more support for people battling cancer, with a new oncology ward and an oncology day clinic.
The project will create up to 1,700 jobs during construction, with work to start in 2020 and be finished in 2024.
As stated by Premier Daniel Andrews
“We said we’d build a bigger emergency department at Frankston Hospital and we have, but there’s more to do.”
“Only Labor will transform Frankston Hospital to give the growing number of young mums and families the world class healthcare they can rely on, when they need it most.”
As stated by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“While the Liberals cut, hurting our hardworking doctors and nurses at Frankston Hospital, only Labor will build them the hospital they deserve to deliver the very best care.”
As stated by Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke
“This will create good, secure jobs for people in Frankston and give local families world class healthcare, close to home.”
As stated by Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny
“More families are choosing to make Carrum and Frankston home, so we’re giving them the peace of mind that a first rate hospital is on their doorstep when they need it.”