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Labor doubles Coalition funding pledge for Maroondah Hospital to be renamed after Queen Elizabeth II in billion-dollar upgrade

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The Andrews government is promising a multibillion-dollar revamp of a Melbourne hospital and plans to rename it after the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The government has announced it will spend between $850 billion and $1.05 billion to renovate and expand Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood if it is returned to government at the state election in November.

The proposal will see the new Queen Elizabeth II Hospital get a new emergency department, operating rooms and more than 200 extra in-patient beds.

The tender process for the development will begin after the November 26 state election.

If development goes ahead, construction would begin in 2025 with the new facility opening in phases from 2029.

The government predicts the new Queen Elizabeth II Hospital will be able to treat an extra 9,000 patients when it is completed.(ABC News)

Premier Daniel Andrews said the size and scope of the redevelopment plan meant the hospital would be transformed into a new facility.

“It’s so big it’s essentially a brand new Maroondah Hospital and the new hospital in the east needs a new name,” Mr Andrews said.

“I can think of no better way to recognize the profound contribution, duty and service that the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave to our state and the people of Melbourne and Victoria.”

The coalition is making good on its $400 million funding pledge

The announcement comes simply a day after the coalition promised $400 million to upgrade Marunda Hospitalpart of the opposition’s $6 billion health care reform package.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-18/maroondah-hospital-funding-labor-election/101451760

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