The Andrews Labor Government has turned its back on the Mt Alexander community, refusing to commit additional funding to CHIRP Community Health.
Speaking in State Parliament, Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell sought a commitment from the Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos to provide adequate funding to allow CHIRP to remain operational in a convenient CBD location.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell revealed that in 2013 CHIRP Community Health were provided with a relocation grant of $900,000 by the then State Coalition Government but that the organisation was informed earlier this year that the funding was no longer available.
In a callous response, Ms Mikakos refused to commit any additional funding for CHIRP, proving yet again the Andrews Labor Government does not care about the health needs of regional Victoria.
Like many other community health services, CHIRP is suffering from inadequate funding from the Andrews Labor Government coupled with increased service delivery costs.
CHIRP delivers services and programs cross the entire social health spectrum including counselling, alcohol & other drug services, community health nursing, Housing Services, diabetes nurse education, dietetics and physiotherapy amongst many others.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“CHIRP have been dudded by Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos and the Andrews Labor Government who continue to ignore the needs of the Mt Alexander community.
“The Minister now needs to step up and provide stabilisation funding so CHIRP can relocate to a new CBD location and continue to provide their excellent services while working on a plan for service provision into the future.”
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