As part of a state Coalition government, a new $900 million Royal Children’s Hospital would be built in Wyndham.
If elected in November, opposition leader Matthew Guy aims to build a new 275-bed Royal Children’s Hospital campus in Werribee.
Adding to the 11 major hospitals he promised to build or redevelop so far, is Mr Guy’s largest health funding announcement to date.
“As premier, my first priority will be to fix the health crisis and ensure all Victorians can get the care they deserve,” Mr Guy told the Herald Sun.
“For too long, Melbourne’s west has been overlooked and taken for granted. The government I lead will respect, invest and deliver for the fastest-growing community in the state.
“This vital hospital is a real solution to fix the health crisis and will mean better healthcare, closer to home, for Wyndham communities and surrounding areas.”
As part of its campaign to position itself as the party of health, the opposition has made the commitment.
Mr Guy has pledged to scrap the Suburban Rail Loop project and to redirect all available funds to restore the health system.
To be completed by 2035, the $30.50 billion Cheltenham-Box Hill section of the loop is being built by the Andrews government.
As a result of the latest promise, the heart of Melbourne’s west will have a dedicated, world-class healthcare facility that supports children and families. Following consultation with the Royal Children’s Hospital and local communities in Wyndham, its location and range of services will be determined for the new Royal Children’s Hospital Werribee.
As opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier pointed out, the government has mismanaged the health system since 2014.
There are almost 90,000 Victorians waiting for critical surgery, while fewer than half of ambulance calls arrive within 15 minutes.
A critical issue remains ramping up ambulances at hospitals and not answering triple-0 calls in time.
“For decades under Daniel Andrews and Labor, health in Melbourne’s west has been neglected meaning too many families have struggle to get the care they need, when they need it,” she said.
“The health infrastructure shortages across this area are now critical.
“Only a change of government will deliver the hospitals and healthcare these growing communities deserve.”
The announcement is expected to help the coalition gain ground in key seats in Melbourne’s west.
Labour’s popularity in the west, a traditional labour area, has been affected by anger at the government’s handling of the pandemic.
Additionally, Mr Guy has committed to ensuring that all Victorian schools have mental health professionals on staff.