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Dan Andrews renames Moorandah Hospital after The Queen sparked backlash

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Daniel Andrews’ plan to change the name of a hospital in honor of The Queen backfired with some of his biggest fans.

The Victorian Prime Minister announced that he would rebuild Moorandah Hospital in eastern Melbourne as a $1 billion tribute to Her Majesty, if re-elected in November.

“The new Queen Elizabeth II hospital will rebuild and refurbish Maroondah Hospital from the ground up,” he said.

Andrews said the change was “a sign of respect for her unwavering commitment to healthcare and our community.”

However, the announcement has been sharply criticized by Aboriginal activists and left-wing voters because the hospital’s current name is an indigenous word.

Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews (pictured) wants to rename a Melbourne Hospital in honor of The Queen

Lidia Thorpe targeted Mr Andrews, saying renaming the hospital would be an 'insult' to First Nations people

Lidia Thorpe targeted Mr Andrews, saying renaming the hospital would be an ‘insult’ to First Nations people

‘Maroondah’ ​​means ‘to throw leaves’ in the local Aboriginal dialect and is the name of the municipality in which the hospital is located.

Native author Claire G. Coleman gave Mr. Andrews the benefit of the doubt and offered to explain to him the problem of renaming the hospital.

“Hi Daniel, you don’t know me, but I’d like to speak to you personally about why it’s a very bad idea to change the name of a hospital from an Aboriginal word to the name of a dead colonizing monarch. Let your people contact my people,” she wrote on Twitter.

Controversial Indigenous Senator Lidia Thorpe also weighed in on telling the Prime Minister ‘this is not what the treaty looks like’.

‘Maroondah is a Woiwurrung word meaning leaf, which symbolizes the green environment of Maroondah. What an insult to colonize us again now,” she wrote.

Andrews is a strong supporter of a treaty between Indigenous Australians and the government and is further along in the treaty negotiations than other states.

Some of those who are against the move have a petition claiming it would “impede the building of meaningful goodwill for true reconciliation with First Nations people.”

The announcement sparked a wave of backlash as the current name is derived from an Aboriginal word

The announcement sparked a wave of backlash as the current name is derived from an Aboriginal word

The Labor government pledged to spend up to $1.05 billion on the new hospital.

This includes a new emergency department, operating theatres, day care facilities, specialist care rooms and two six-storey hospital towers, with 200 extra beds for an additional 9,000 extra hospital patients per year.

Construction is expected to start in 2025 and create 2,500 additional jobs.

“The Queen has long been a supporter of Victoria’s health care system,” Mr Andrews said of his decision to name it after Her Majesty.

‘As the patroness of the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s hospitals, she showed her dedication to patients and their care when she visited their bedsides.’

Mr Andrews promised to upgrade the same hospital’s emergency department in the 2018 election, but the project has been stalled for four years.

The late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has already named hospitals after her in Brisbane and Adelaide, along with a medical center in Perth.

The announcement comes a day after Victoria’s opposition promised a $400 million upgrade to Maroondah Hospital if it wins the November election.

Queen Elizabeth II is Britain's longest serving monarch who reigned for 70 years and she has already named two Australian hospitals after her

Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest serving monarch who reigned for 70 years and she has already named two Australian hospitals after her

Controversial Indigenous Senator Lidia Thorpe also weighed in on telling Prime Minister 'this is not what the treaty looks like'

Controversial Indigenous Senator Lidia Thorpe also weighed in on telling Prime Minister ‘this is not what the treaty looks like’

Opposition leader Matthew Guy criticized the government for the announcement, saying he did not believe the hospital would be built.

“If he really wanted to put $1 billion into Maroondah Hospital, he’d have eight years to do it,” Guy told reporters.

“I bet if he’s elected, he’ll never build it.”

Mr Guy also announced $108 million on Sunday for a new clinical medical research center at Box Hill Hospital, which, like Maroondah Hospital, is part of the Eastern Health network.

The funding includes a low-cost parking lot with 800 parking spaces for patients and staff – with at least 400 parking spaces for the latter.

The opposition previously stated it would scrap part of the Suburban Rail Loop and divert $35 billion earmarked for the project into the health system.

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