State Member for Altona Jill Hennessy has flexed her Health Minister muscle ahead of the Victorian State Election in November, announcing that a re-elected Labor Government would build a brand new $1.5 billion public hospital in Footscray.
The new ‘world class’ Footscray Hospital would comprise of 504 beds and would be located at Victoria University’s four-hectare Footscray Park campus, on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat Roads.
In announcing the election commitment, Jill Hennessy said that a new Footscray Hospital would take pressure off inner-city hospitals and provide world-class health care and facilities for local communities of the west.
“Melbourne’s West is growing as more and more families choose to make it their home, so we’ll spend up to $1.5 billion on building a flagship new hospital so local patients can count on the first-class care they need, when they need it, closer to home,” Ms Hennessy said.
“We’re not just upgrading Footscray Hospital, we’re going to completely rebuild it – and it’s going to be one of Australia’s very best. This once-in-a-generation project will make a world of difference for families in the West – and only a Labor Government will get it done.”
Alongside the minister of many was Premier Daniel Andrews who said the new Footscray Hospital would cut waiting times and allow almost 15,000 additional patients to be treated each year, as well as almost 20,000 additional emergency department admissions.
“Only Labor will build a new Footscray Hospital and give local families peace of mind that if their loved one is sick, they’ll be able to get the world class, affordable public health care they need, right around the corner,” Mr Andrews said.
“Our hard-working doctors and nurses at Footscray Hospital are second to none – this will give them the bigger, better hospital they deserve to keep providing the very best care to local patients and their families.”
The project is being touted as transformational, with promises it would create over 2,000 jobs during construction and establish Footscray as a ‘major precinct’ for jobs, health and education. Construction would commence in 2020 and be completed by 2025.