Record funding for Casterton Hospital

The Andrews Government will spend a record $18.12 billion over the next year so more Victorian patients can get the highest quality care and treatment they need.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the 2017/18 bottom-line budget allocations for Victorian hospitals.

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said the funding allocation means Casterton Memorial Hospital will receive $4.815 million, up by $143,000, or 3.1 per cent, on the previous year.

The funding boost comes on the back of an extra $1.67 billion in this year’s State Budget for Victorian hospitals over four years.

“We know our dedicated doctors and nurses do a remarkable job at Casterton Memorial Hospital. This record boost gives them the support the need to keep saving lives and keep people healthy,” Ms Pulford said.

The budget breakdown shows how the Labor Government’s record investment in the health system is split among hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drug services, aged care, community health and public health services.

Victorian hospitals will receive $10.6 billion, which is $665.84 million– or 6.7 per cent more – than was provided in the previous financial year.

The allocation to Casterton Memorial Hospital is up by $458,000, or 10.5 per cent, on what it was provided when the Liberals left office in 2014.

“The Government’s increased funding will support hospitals to meet demand so patients can access the care they need and deserve, more quickly, no matter where they live.” Ms Pulford said.

“Across Victoria, the funding will enable hospitals to admit 1.9 million patients, treat 1.8 million patients in emergency and carry out more than 200,000 elective surgeries to reduce waiting lists even further,” she said.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the record boost means better hospitals and efficient care that is first class and accessible, no matter where people live.

“We are opening more beds, more theatres and reducing waits for surgery and emergency care which is all about putting patients first,” Ms Hennessy said.