Coalition Govt completes Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
The Coalition Government will invest $44.88 million to fix Labor’s black hole left in the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
The funding will result in the full fitout of the new facility.
Labor in government failed to budget for the fitout of the Olivia Newton-John Centre, leaving a massive black hole that would have left 2000 ill Victorians at risk of not receiving timely treatment.
Labor’s failure to properly scope and fund the project in last year’s Budget once again proves its incompetence.
If not for today’s intervention by the Coalition Government in providing this additional funding, the centre would have remained an empty shell – incomplete and with most wards not fitted out.
“The Coalition Government has taken the view that, even though we did not create this problem, we will act responsibly and fix the problem,” Mr Baillieu said.
“Labor’s approach to budgeting was reckless and irresponsible. We will not allow that to continue, and so we have acted to provide the necessary $44.88 million to complete the fitout of the centre – both the clinical and research sections.
“Construction is expected to be completed by March 2013 and the centre will be operational by April of that year,” Mr Baillieu said.
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will integrate and expand upon services that are currently located across several campuses. When completed, the centre will provide greater clinical and research facilities including:
- The fit-out of 32 inpatient oncology beds;
- 32 inpatient haematology beds;
- 28 palliative care beds;
- The fit-out of multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics, cancer administration and clinical trial services; and
- The fit-out of two half-floors of cancer research laboratories.
Health Minister David Davis said the completion of this facility would add to Victoria’s cancer treatment and cancer research capacity into the future. In conjunction with Austin Health, the centre will provide an invaluable community benefit.
“The Victorian community has expressed a strong view on this project and we have listened and acted responsibly in their interests,” Mr Davis said. “The betrayal of the patients who will use this facility by the Labor Party – that has cynically sought to play politics despite its reckless incompetence