HEALTH Minister David Davis has praised Benidgo Health staff for their performance.
Mr Davis' praise comes after Bendigo Health's annual report was tabled in Victorian Parliament on Thursday morning.
"I compliment the staff at Bendigo hospital for performance which has seen increased admissions, increased emergency patients and performance that the community can be proud of," he told the Bendigo Advertiser on Friday.
In an opinion piece provided to the Bendigo Advertiser, Mr Davis said some people were determined to "trash" the Bendigo hospital brand.
"No matter that the Victorian Coalition Government bit the bullet and has embarked on the biggest regional hospital rebuilding project in Victoria's history to give Bendigo its own jewel in the crown," he wrote.
"No matter that the Coalition Government wasn’t prepared to settle for second-best when those who now criticise were only prepared to give Bendigo an economy-class hospital.
"Our magnificent Bendigo hospital is already starting to rise from the footings of its construction site, and I’m sure the whole community is following progress with intense interest.
"On budget, on time."
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan has argued the annual report showed a "true picture" of what was happening at the hospital.
"The hard-working staff of Bendigo Health provide a very important service to our local community but it must be recognised that their job is being made that much harder as they struggle under the weight of the $826 million health cuts inflicted on them by the Napthine Government," she said.
"And we're seeing the impact of these cuts in the particular parts of the hospital's operation ... "
Ms Allan said on Thursday the Health Minister had "tried to con" the Bendigo community by releasing selective data relating to Bendigo hospital’s performance the day before the release of the annual report.
Mr Davis said information was being released on a regular basis.
"The reality is information is being released all the time," he said.
"Putting out information early, is that a bad thing?"