Last week the Bendigo Weekly revealed the two-site plan was still on the table, despite the State Government ruling it out before the 2010 election.
The Weekly believes plans have been discussed to build the new hospital on both the existing acute site and the current Ann Caudle Centre campus.
It is understood the plan identifies savings of about $70 million, which would bring the project cost down to $560m.
One of the options is to extend the existing cancer treatment centre on the corner of Stewart and Bayne streets, instead of building a new one on the main campus of the new hospital.
It is believed the two consortia competing for the redevelopment have been briefed to look at a one-campus plan, with a budget of less than $560m.
The State Government has left the door open for the two-site plan, failing to deny it is an option.
Bendigo Radiotherapy Foundation chairman Bryan Baker, who campaigned for the single-site option when the former government came up with a two-site plan, said the option was abhorrent.
“It will be a disaster of they separate radiotherapy and the cancer centre from the main hospital site,” he said.“It was horrific when we discovered the previous government was going to do it.
“It is crazy if you don’t have them linked.”
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews told the Weekly that the government should back up its promise.
“This is another back flip from the Baillieu Government,” he said.
“In Opposition, the Liberal Party promised the new hospital would be built on one site.
“If it was good enough to promise that before the election, it’s good enough to deliver it now.”
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said the idea was a betrayal.
“The Liberal National government has pulled a complete hoax on the people of Bendigo when it comes to building Labor’s new Bendigo hospital,” she said.
“Reports they are now considering a two-site option and a reduction in funding of $70 million is a massive betrayal and reveals that they had no intention of ever building the new hospital as a single integrated stand-alone site.”