Multi-million dollar boost for health


Multi-million dollar boost for health

BASS Coast Regional Health will be equipped with a new rehabilitation centre and extra hospital beds thanks to a new $4.5 million funding agreement.

Minister for Health David Davis, accompanied by Member for Bass Ken Smith, was taken on a tour of Bass Coast Regional Health by CEO Lea Pope last Tuesday and met with patients.

Mr Davis then announced the hospital would receive funding from the National Health Reform agreement re-negotiated earlier this year by the Victorian Coalition Government.

“This funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services will support the government’s commitment to improve access to elective surgery, emergency treatment and subacute care,” he said.

“At COAG we successfully negotiated funding for a range of capital projects to expand subacute services and reduce the pressure on hospitals across Victoria.

“Bass Coast Regional Health will receive $4.5 million as a result of these negotiations to undertake refurbishment for an additional two subacute beds and the development of a new Community Rehabilitation Centre.”

Mr Davis said the current Community Rehabilitation Centre infrastructure was of a poor standard and did not enable the existing services to function efficiently.

“The additional subacute beds will increase the number of beds to eight, further improving access for the Bass Coast community,” he said.

Health service board chairman Jeff Bennett said the hospital was delighted to host Mr Davis and appreciated his continued interest in Bass Coast Regional Health.

“At a recent conference you actually attended for the whole day and made yourself available to people for discussion,” he said to Mr Davis.

“To me, that’s a signal here’s a minister that really wants to be part of the system.”

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