LIBERAL member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has said that last week’s code yellow call at Mildura Base Public Hospital proves the dire need for a new hospital in the town and highlighted the Andrews Labor Government’s reluctance to fund its construction.

Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell said the code yellow at Mildura Base was a stark reminder of Victoria’s health care crisis under Daniel Andrews and the Labor Government.

“The code yellow was called because both the hospital and the emergency department had reached full capacity and wait times for patients exceeded twelve hours,” Ms Lovell said.

Directing her matter to the Minister for Health Martin Foley, Ms Lovell called on the Minister to provide an immediate commitment to fund the construction of the new hospital to cater for the health care requirements of the Sunraysia community.

In April, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy travelled to Mildura and announced that an elected Liberal Coalition Government would commit $750 million to build a new Mildura Hospital, which would also include the capacity to train doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff locally.

“I was proud to have stood with Mr Guy, Shadow Health spokesperson Georgie Crozier and Liberal candidate for Mildura, Paul Matheson, for the announcement.

“Our party’s commitment to the people of Mildura was in stark contrast to Labor, who have delayed the completion of the new hospital’s masterplan without explanation,” she said.

“The current emergency department is clearly inadequate to cater for the hospital’s patient catchment and the construction of a new Mildura Base Public Hospital was of critical importance.”