Ad­di­tional funds wel­comed

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

ALPINE Health will re­ceive a mas­sive funding boost of more than half a mil­lion dol­lars from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.

Last week Ja­clyn Symes (MLC, North­ern Vic­to­ria) an­nounced that La­bor is investing $14.23 mil­lion at Alpine Health for 2018/19 - $651,000 more than the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Ms Symes said Alpine Health’s funding has in- creased by $1.76 mil­lion or 14.1 per cent since 2014/15, when the former Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment was in power.

“We’re de­liv­er­ing record funding to en­sure that hos­pi­tals at Myrtle­ford, Bright and Mt Beauty can treat more pa­tients faster and com­mu­ni­ties have ac­cess to much needed ser­vices closer to home,” Ms Symes said.

Alpine Health chief ex­ecu- tive of­fi­cer Lyn­don Seys said the funding was very much wel­come and would be well utilised.

“Alpine Health is pleased to have the sup­port of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment and is very ap­pre­cia­tive of the in­crease in funding this year,” he said.

“The ad­di­tional funding will be di­rected into ser­vice pro­vi­sion for the lo­cal Alpine Shire com­mu­ni­ties and help us man­age their in­creas­ing costs.

“We will con­tinue our fo­cus on the health care needs of the com­mu­nity and re­main com­mit­ted to meet­ing the needs of in­di­vid­u­als through the de­liv­ery of lo­cal ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple.”

The funding is part of the La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s 2018/19 bud­get al­lo­ca­tions for all Vic­to­rian hos­pi­tals, a record $11.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment.

It means hos­pi­tals are set to share in 10 per cent more funding than they did last year.

“Our doc­tors, nurses, al­lied and other health­care work­ers ded­i­cate them­selves each day to care for us when we need it,” Ms Symes said.

“The record funding boost will en­sure the hos­pi­tals can pro­vide the best treat­ment and care to the 1.9 Wed­nes­day, July 25, 2018, Page 5 mil­lion pa­tients ex­pected to be ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal and the 1.8 mil­lion Vic­to­ri­ans who will ac­cess emer­gency de­part­ments in the com­ing 12 months.”

In to­tal, the La­bor Gov­ern­ment is investing $19.4 bil­lion in Vic­to­ria’s health sys­tem, in­clud­ing am­bu­lance ser­vices, men­tal health and drug and al­co­hol ser­vices, aged care, com­mu­nity health and other ser­vices.

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