What's the issue?
Everyone deserves quality healthcare, regardless of their postcode. Yet parts of Footscray Hospital have been neglected to the point that they are now derelict.
In the South Block, at least 60 beds and three wards have closed as the conditions have got so bad. In the remaining areas, whole wards of 24 people are expected to share two communal toilets, the floors are cracking from concrete cancer, the conditions are cramped and there is a complete lack of privacy.
The Emergency Department is no better. The cubicles are tiny, with little or no privacy, and there is almost no space for modern medical equipment and hygiene facilities. Wait times are also blowing out.
The time people spend in emergency waiting for transfer into ward care or to be discharged is the second worst in Australia due to the shortage of beds from ward closures and from inadequate facilities.
These poor facilities are putting people's health at risk. Nurses, doctors, support staff and paramedics do fantastic work, but there is only so much they can do.
It’s unbelievable that the Andrews Labor Government and the Liberal Government before them have let it get so bad. I hate to say it, but this would never have happened in the Eastern Suburbs.
What are the Greens doing about it?
We are backing up Western Health’s call for a $350 million redevelopment of the Emergency Department and inpatient precinct (including the South Block) at Footscray Hospital. The Victorian Government must begin funding the redevelopment in this year’s budget, or tens of millions of dollars will be wasted in patch up jobs that will ultimately be demolished.
We have been working hard to expose this terrible situation and to pressure the government to provide high quality health care in the inner western suburbs. We have surveyed local residents, achieved media coverage, and put the pressure on in parliament.
Help us pressure the Andrews Government to fund the redevelopment of the hospital this budget!
- Sign the petition and tell your friends to sign it too!
- If you have a story about how Footscray Hospital infrastructure has let you down, share it with me.
- Sign up to volunteer to join me on a stall or doorknocking about the issue.
- Write a letter to the editor of the Herald Sun and the Age.
- Write to the Health Minister and the Premier and tell them why the hospital is important and why they should fund the re-build in the next budget.
In the media
Footscray Hospital receives $17 million pledge but wards ‘beyond renovation’ (10 April 2016, Herald Sun)
'Old shabby tired’ - Footscray Hospital an emergency case says community (19 Oct 2015, Maribyrnong Leader)
Footscray Hospital waiting times below standard (13 Oct 2015, Star Weekly)