Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, pictured with CEO - Central Gippsland Health Services, Frank Evans, Member for Gippsland South and Deputy Premier, Peter Ryan, and Member for Eastern Victoria, Danny O’Brien, at today’s commitment by the Coalition government to fund a $75,000 master plan for the Maffra hospital if re-elected on November 29.
A re-elected Coalition government will commit $75,000 to a Maffra Hospital master plan, State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, announced today with Deputy Premier, Peter Ryan.
This funding will allow for planning and business case development of Maffra campus to ensure facilities are functional and fit for purpose for the community of Maffra and surrounds.
Mr Bull said the facility plays an important role in ensuring people can access the health care they need closer to home.
Central Gippsland Health Service Chief Executive Officer, Frank Evans, has welcomed the Coalition's commitment.
"The hospital serves a catchment population of around 8,800 people and is 63 years old," Dr Evans said. "Some areas of the building are still in their original condition."
According to Dr Evans, a minor upgrade of McDonald Wing was done in 2010 to improve residents’ comfort at a cost of $580,000.
"We welcome this commitment of funds to determine a much needed long term plan for our health services in Maffra," he added.
Mr Bull said the need for the development of a master plan had been stressed by Dr Evans on behalf of the Board and he was delighted it would take place under a re-elected Coalition Government.
Minister for Health, David Davis, said the Maffra campus is approaching the end of its useful life and a master plan is required to ensure this asset is renewed and preserved for the local community.
The Central Gippsland Health Service - Maffra Campus provides residential aged care facilities, independent living facilities and community health.
The condition of the building is generally poor with only minor refurbishments carried out over the past 35 years.