Planning for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre first commenced in 2009. It has been an important project for Victorians of both Coalition and Labor Governments.
In 2011 the Coalition Government appointed Plenary Health to build the VCCC. An additional floor (the 13th) was negotiated within the total project budget to house Peter Mac Private.
One of Daniel Andrews’ first acts as Premier was to scrap Peter Mac Private, against the will of the Board of Peter Mac and with no explanation other than that the VCCC wasn’t to be for “greedy profit making”.
This is despite the fact that Daniel Andrews is supporting the establishment of private Cardiac wards at the new, public Victorian Heart Hospital.
The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre has now opened with an empty 13th floor.
Daniel Andrews’ decision to scrap Peter Mac Private has resulted in the loss of:
- 42 inpatient beds and 4 operating theatres
- $20m in philanthropic donations
- $24 million in capital investment
- An enhanced ability to attract and retain leading cancer specialists
This decision has meant that Peter Mac cannot:
- Treat an additional 10,000 cancer patients per year
- Increase the number and range of clinical trials
- Offer choice to the 38% of current Peter Mac patients who are private, freeing up public beds for the most needy