A Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will deliver $500 million for a new campus of Casey Hospital.
By shelving Daniel Andrews’ $35 billion Cheltenham to Box Hill rail line and reprioritising every cent into health, the Liberals and Nationals can deliver real solutions to fix the health crisis without new taxes and more debt.
The new build will provide the necessary healthcare infrastructure to service the enormous population growth in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, and take pressure off the overwhelmed Casey Berwick campus.
In the lead up to the 2018 Victorian election, Daniel Andrews promised to build 10 community hospitals around the state, including one in Pakenham.
Four years later, none have been delivered and the promised Pakenham community hospital remains unbuilt.
Under a Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government, the second campus of Casey Hospital will include:
An urgent care centre with a dedicated children’s treatment area
General and specialist surgery operating theatres
Specialist consulting rooms
Full radiology and diagnostic services
The full range of community health services that the now repurposed community hospital would have provided including mental health support; and
A 750-space carpark for staff, patients and visitors
The design of the first-stage hospital will allow for future expansion, including a full emergency department and significant new additional beds, with the local population set to grow by up to 50 per cent over the next 20 years.
Local jobs are also set to benefit, with the Liberals and Nationals’ plan to rebuild and update hospitals across the create more than 22,000 jobs during construction.
We will conduct extensive consultation with the communities of Casey and Cardinia as well as Monash Health to determine a suitable greenfield site.
Leader of the Liberal Party, Matt Guy, said the only Liberals and Nationals had real solutions to fix the health crisis and give Victorians the healthcare they deserve.
“As Premier, my number one priority is to fix the health crisis,” Mr Guy said.
“A Government I lead will do this by shelving Daniel Andrews’ $35 billion pet project and reprioritising every cent into new and upgraded hospitals, hiring and upskilling 40,000 new healthcare workers and investing to fix Triple-Zero.”
Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier, said only a change of government would fix the health crisis.
“Accessing basic healthcare should never be a struggle, and the very best of healthcare should always be available,” Ms Crozier said.
“Daniel Andrews has run Victoria’s health system for 12 of the past 16 years, the person responsible for this mess is not the one to fix it. Only a change of government will end the health crisis.”
Liberal Candidate for Berwick, Brad Battin, said the only way to ensure a new hospital for Melbourne’s south east was to vote Liberal this November.
“Local communities across Casey and surrounds were promised a new hospital four years ago but all they have is an empty paddock,” Mr Battin said.
“This November, locals have a clear choice. More broken promises, or an new modern hospital once and for all.”
Liberal Candidate for Pakenham, David Farrelly, said the new build would provide the local area with better healthcare.
“Labor has proven it can’t be trusted to deliver for our local community. We’ll get on and build this vital hospital once and for all.”
Matt Guy MP
Leader of the Liberal Party