West Wimmera Health Service will receive $19.52 million in funding from the Government, which was announced earlier this week. WWHS now incorporates Dunmunkle Health Service following a voluntary amalgamation from July 1.
More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries they need sooner with the Andrews Government spending a record $16.47 billion across the entire health system this year. The Government recently announced the 2016-17 budget allocations for every Victorian health service which included WWHS.
“The funding allocation for West Wimmera Health Service is $443,000 more than provided the previous financial year,” Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said.
“This extra funding for WWHS means more patients will be able to access the high quality and safe care they need and deserve, when they need it, closer to home,” Ms Pulford said.
The Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, said the budget allocations reveal how the biggest ever increase in health funding delivered in the Victorian Budget will be carved up among hospitals, ambulance services, mental health and drugs services, aged care, community health and public health services.
Hospitals will be able to expand services, open more beds and carry out more surgery to meet increasing demand for care across the state, treat patients faster and reduce waiting lists.
In addition, the Labor Government’s new $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will upgrade rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access high quality care and facilities, no matter where they live.
The Labor Government is also investing a record $144 million in our ambulance system so paramedics can respond to medical emergencies even quicker and do what they do best, which is saving lives.
“We’re putting patients first and delivering record funding for Victoria’s hospitals so more patients can be treated, sooner,” Ms Hennessy said.