Funds boost for CGH

CENTRAL Gippsland Health will receive $66.01 million in funding from the state government.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing made the announcement last week, saying this was $4.51 million more than the previous 12 months, representing a 7.3 per cent increase.

She said the funding for Central Gippsland Health had increased by $11.74 million, or 21.6 per cent, since 2014-15.

The latest funding is part of the state government’s 2018-19 budget allocations for all Victorian hospitals – a record $11.5 billion spend.

On average, hospitals will share in 10 per cent more funding than the previous 12 months.

“We’re delivering record funding to ensure that Sale and our other hospitals can treat more patients faster – and closer to home,” Ms Shing said.

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

“We’re helping them by opening more beds to reduce patient waiting times for surgery and emergency care.”

She said the funding would ensure hospitals could provide quality treatment and care to the 1.9 million patients expected to be admitted to hospitals and the 1.8 million Victorians who would access emergency departments in the coming 12 months.

Ms Shing said the funding boost would open more beds, enable better specialist care to be offered and give families better access to a wide range of services.

In total, she said the government would spend $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.

A Central Gippsland Health spokesperson said the recurrent funding would enable the health service to maintain current services and open a new theatre early next year.