A SOUTH-WEST resident with a chronic health condition has urged the state government to act on the stage two redevelopment of the Warrnambool Base Hospital.
South West Coast MP Roma Britnell grilled Premier Daniel Andrews in state parliament on Tuesday about the contents of a letter written by a south-west man who spends six days in the hospital every eight weeks.
“My constituent knows more than most just how important the stage two upgrade of the hospital is, not only for the healthcare needs of our community, but also for the hard-working doctors and nurses,” Ms Britnell said.
“He sees the pressure the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to act over the past five years is having on the facilities, staff and patients.” The hospital needs a major redevelopment to cope with record patient numbers and procedures. Ms Britnell said the letter was a genuine plea for action on the upgrade.
“I have only met this constituent a handful of times – the first when he came to my office and asked me to hand a letter to the Premier,” she said.
“If the Premier or his minister will not listen to me, perhaps they will listen to my constituent, who sees firsthand how desperately this is needed and is now pleading for this important project to be completed.” Ms Britnell invited the state’s health minister Jenny Mikakos to inspect the cramped hospital over 250 days ago. In July a spokesman for the minister said she would visit the health facility later in the year but could not confirm the exact date.
UPGRADE NEEDED: Opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier and MP Roma Britnell visited the Warrnambool Base Hospital last month.