While 2020 was a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was historic for our electorate with the Mildura Base Public Hospital returned to public management.
Our 20-year battle to end the failed privately-managed public hospital experiment came to an end in September and we have already seen some positive changes to the patient experience.
The Victoria Government, as part of the transition process, invested $1 million to conduct a review to determine the future health infrastructure and health service needs for our region.
We are awaiting the findings of that review which will help determine what the infrastructure needs will be into the future.
Early feedback to the new public Board and CEO Terry Welch has indicated the hospital is in major need of expansion and redesign because the current layout and facilities are inadequate.
The first step would be for a business case, however that will be influenced by the results of the service review, which we are expecting to be released early in 2021.