A major public hospital in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs will get a $400 million upgrade if Matthew Guy is elected in November.
Maroondah Hospital at Ringwood East would be upgraded to help deal with the growing population in the area and improve training at the facility.
“For too long communities across Melbourne’s growing east have struggled to access quality and timely healthcare – my plan will change that,” Guy said on Saturday.
The project would be in consultation with Eastern Health and could include a new emergency department, new ICU and critical care unit, adding 100 new beds and refurbishing operating theatres.
The key feature of the upgrade would be to improve and expand training facilities to increase capacity for additional trainee nurses and doctors, according to the Liberal and National plan.
The opposition’s health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the hospital had “fallen behind” and a bigger and better hospital was part of the plan to fix the state’s health crisis.
“After years of neglect and underinvestment, Maroondah Hospital has fallen behind, meaning communities across Melbourne’s east are struggling to access the healthcare they deserve,” she said.
It’s the latest announcement from the opposition promising to improve the state’s health system.