April 2, 2014

Abbott Cuts Funds To Local Hospitals

Tony Abbott’s Liberal Government will slash $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals, heaping more pressure on a system already struggling to cope.
Member for Footscray, Ms Marsha Thomson said the $277 million cuts include $16,561,927 cut from Western Health which means patients in Footscray will suffer.

“Denis Napthine’s cuts were bad enough, now Tony Abbott is slashing $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals. Of all the states and territories, Tony Abbott has hit Victoria hardest,” Ms Thomson said.

“Premier Denis Napthine has already plunged Victorian hospitals into crisis, with clogged emergency departments, ambulances taking too long to reach people in emergencies and more patients waiting longer than ever for surgery.”

The money Mr Abbott will rip out of the system could clear the elective surgery waiting list or employ 3,000 nurses or open 500 new hospital beds.

Mr Napthine said he would ‘kick and scream’ for a greater share of GST funding, but he has remained utterly silent on this massive cut to our hospitals that will affect patient’s rights across Victoria.

“You can’t trust the Liberals with our health system. Victoria deserves better.”