STAWELL - Stawell Regional Health is set to benefit from a state government funding boost to the tune of $745,000.
Stawell Regional Health chief executive officer Rohan Fitzgerald said the extra money would improve patient services and pay for infrastructure development.
"Given the difficult financial environment we are in, Stawell Regional Health is pleased the state government has funded the hospital to the tune of an additional $700,000 this financial year," he said.
"This money will go to supporting the delivery of clinical and medical services to the people of Stawell and the wider region.
"This funding will in part support our new $3.9 million infrastructure development, including the Community Rehabilitation Centre and Oncology Unit and the addition of new staff to support this wonderful new facility."
Mr Fitzgerald said over the next 12 months, the hospital would only continue to expand its services.
"The hospital over the course of the next twelve months is seeking to modestly increase service both within the rehabilitation centre and oncology service," he said.
"In the near future we will be adding a third oncologist to compliment the services of George Kannourakis and John Sycamniais from Ballarat Health Service."
In making the announcement, Minister for Health David Davis said he was pleased to increase the funding for Stawell Regional Health by 5.2 per cent.
He said the Coalition Government was committed to properly funding hospital services.
"Stawell Regional Health is a much-valued asset the community turns to in times of need, and the Coalition Government is pleased to ensure its good work continues," Mr Davis said.
"This is in stark contrast to the Federal Labor Government, which is committed to ripping health funding out of Victoria.
"The Federal Labor Government has bluntly told us it will be paying Victoria's hospitals $368 million less over the next three years than it had promised."
Mr Davis said the Federal Labor Government is providing $564,000 less to Stawell Regional Health over the next three years than the funding promised.
"The government's funding boost will go some way to address that cut, but imagine how many more patients our hospitals could treat with the money cut from promised funding by the Federal Labor Government.
"The Federal Labor Government has tried to justify this cut based on dodgy population figures which falsely claims Victoria's population has fallen.
"The Coalition Government has worked hard to provide the money to ensure hospitals are on a stable footing into the future."
Mr Davis said despite the severe financial challenges imposed by the Federal Government, which also include cuts to Victoria's GST share, the state government funding will help build a healthier Victoria and provide greater transparency.
"The funding boost will enable our hospitals to continue to treat record patient numbers," he said.
"Our ongoing funding will enable hospitals to carry out our vision for the state's public health system, contained in the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022 and the Metropolitan Health Plan.
"This is putting long-term health and hospital services across Victoria on a firmer and more rational footing."