The Victorian Government in Australia will allocate A$825.9m over the next five years to deal with elective surgery waiting lists and increase hospital capacity.

Of the total budget, $780.9m will be used to boost the capacity of hospitals providing treatment in key areas such as cancer, acute care and sub-acute services.

The remaining budget will be used to improve hospital waiting lists.

The move is hoped to ease pressures and treat 30,000 more patients in the emergency department.

Another $212.3m is allocated for building better hospitals and health services at Ballarat and Bendigo hospitals, and expanding mental health services at Dandenong Hospital.

The initiative ensures that all of the state’s public hospitals provide first-rate services to more than 1.3 million Victorians.

Breast cancer screening services were allocated A$10m, with digital mammography equipment to be installed in BreastScreen Victoria services.

By staff writer.