| June 01, 2016
Drum commits to fight for Waranga Hospital
Wednesday 1 June 2016
The Nationals candidate for Murray Damian Drum visited the Waranga Hospital on Tuesday to commit his support for the hospital upgrade and aged care co-location project.
Mr Drum met with the Waranga Hospital Advisory Committee along with Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of Victorian Nationals Steph Ryan.
Mr Drum has promised to speak with Federal Regional Health Minister Fiona Nash about the hospital and said he would ask her to meet with the advisory group before the coming Federal election.
"The Victorian Labor Government’s refusal to acknowledge the need for funding to complete the project and upgrade the hospital is unacceptable," Mr Drum said.
“The situation at Waranga Hospital is reaching a critical level yet Labor’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy has refused multiple invitations to visit the site.
“Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has raised the matter in State Parliament on multiple occasions and has written to the Minister with repeated requests to visit. To date, the Minister has refused these invitations.
“It's an incredibly busy time but it is my hope Minister Nash can visit the hospital ahead of the election to see firsthand the problems staff are facing.”
Ms Ryan said State Health Minister Jill Hennessy had been questioned about the hospital by the Coalition at a recent public committee hearing following the State Budget.
“The Minister was asked directly why there was no funding in this year’s State Budget for the redevelopment of Waranga Hospital,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Minister’s only response was to advise that the Waranga aged care facility is eligible to apply to the government’s $200 million regional infrastructure investment fund.
“This refusal to address the broader funding need for the Waranga Hospital raises some serious questions about the government’s longer term plans for the base at Rushworth.
“Waranga Hospital provides a vital service for Rushworth and the surrounding communities and its staff continue to provide the highest level of care to patients, despite the challenges they face day in and day out with outdated facilities.
“It is time for the Andrews Government to put an end to the cloud of uncertainty sitting above the hospital and provide clarity on what it plans to do to address the urgent situation," Ms Ryan said.