August, 24, 2016: Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today announced that the new Bendigo Hospital will create an additional 220 jobs in its first 12 months of operation.The announcement comes after the State Government committed an additional $32.17 million to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 annual operating budget. “The new Bendigo Hospital is the biggest ever project for Bendigo and we are not only investing in the building itself, but also in Bendigo Health’s future operations within it,” Ms Allan said.
“This project has been ten years in the making since we promised to master plan our future hospital needs. We have always been confident that such a project would see an increase of around 1,000 jobs over the next decade, and today is the start of that journey.”
“This increase in funding from the Labor Government will allow Bendigo Health to increase its staff and services with 220 full and part time jobs, which is fantastic news for people in the Loddon Mallee region.”
Chairman of Bendigo Health, Bob Cameron, said of the 220 staff to be recruited, 80 per cent will be nursing, 10 per cent medical and 10 per cent allied health.
Acting CEO, Robyn Lindsay, said Bendigo Health would begin the recruiting process immediately.
“Naturally, moving into a bigger facility, we anticipate growth in demand for our services and the State Government’s commitment to this is wonderful news,” Ms Lindsay said. “This increase in funding means we can now forge ahead with the recruitment process of these staff.
Mr Cameron said the new Bendigo Hospital will open its doors at the end of January 2017.#ends#