Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

Member for Clayton Hong Lim today welcomed a future Brumby Labor Government commitment to recruit more than 2800 nurses, doctors and health workers over the next two years.

Mr Lim said Labor’s $1.5 billion new health policy Let’s keep putting patients first would mean more people in the Clayton electorate would receive the care they need than ever before.

“This is the highest annual number of nurses, doctors and health professionals ever pledged at a Victorian State Election and this will ensure our world-class health workforce provides the best possible care to Victorians,” Mr Lim said.

“Labor has added more than 3500 doctors and almost 11,000 nurses to our hospitals, but we know there is more to do to rise to the challenge of an ageing population and the 200 babies being born every day in Victoria.”

Mr Lim said a future Labor Government would strengthen nurse-to-patient ratios and roll out new initiatives to attract and retain doctors across Victoria.

“We will invest $33.2 million to create 300 new specialist and GP proceduralist training posts across Victoria to support 176 doctors to undertake further training, with half of these posts to be based in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Lim said.

“A further $9.5 million will support 50 new intern and postgraduate placements across rural and regional health services.”

Mr Lim said Labor was committed to giving doctors the tools they needed to provide the best care to Victorian patients and would provide an iPad for every doctor working in the public hospital system under a $12 million initiative.

He also said a future Victorian Labor Government would ease the workload of Victorian nurses by spending $49.8 million to employ 200 more nurses in the key areas of palliative care, geriatric evaluation and management and rehabilitation wards, with additional staff also in place for cancer and stroke patients.

“Labor first introduced a nurse-to-patient ratio and a future Labor Government will not only protect this policy, but strengthen it, so our nurses deliver even better care,” Mr LIm said.

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