ARARAT - The East Grampians Health Service has received a boost to its budget following a Victorian Government funding announcement last week.
Victorian Minister for Health, David Davis announced the EGHS would receive an additional $364,000 as part of a series of handouts for hospitals across the state.
Mr Davis said he was pleased to increase the funding for East Grampians Health Service by 2.1 per cent because the Coalition Government was committed to properly funding hospital services.
"East Grampians Health Service 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," he said.
East Grampians Health Service executive officer, Nick Bush said the extra money is likely to be put towards ensuring the continuation of services already on offer.
"The increase in funding is something we are very happy to receive," he said.
"I think the funding will be mainly used to offer the same services we currently have here at the East Grampians Health, but there is also the potential to use a small amount to increase some other services.
"It is very positive from the state, especially given the reduction in funding from the Commonwealth Government."
The injection of funding comes at a time when the Federal Government is pulling money out of Victorian hospitals.
Mr Davis said last week's announcement by the Napthine Government was 'in stark contrast to the Federal Labor Government, which is committed to ripping health funding out of Victoria’.
“The Federal Labor Government is providing $604,000 less to East Grampians Health Service over the next three years than the funding promised,” he said.
“The 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.
“The Coalition Government’s funding boost will go some way to address that cut, but imagine how much more patients our hospitals could treat with the money cut from promised funding by the Federal Labor Government.
Mr Davis said despite the severe financial challenges imposed by the Rudd Government, which also includes 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.
“This is putting long-term health and hospital services across Victoria on a firmer and more rational footing.”
The East Grampians Health Service budget figures were presented to its board at a meeting on Tuesday night.
Mr Bush said he was happy with how the budget was panning out for the coming financial year and that this announcement comes at an exciting time for the local health service.
“The figures we have are very pleasing and it’s a reflection of the hard work of our staff here,” he said.
“Once again I thank the State Government for its support.
“Everything is going along nicely, with the next major event here the opening of our new dialysis area in the next few weeks.”