ABBOTT EXPOSES NAPTHINE’S HEALTH CUTS

Posted on 15. May, 2014 in News

Victorian hospitals can’t cope under State and Federal Liberal Governments.

Hospitals across the state were relying on increased funding from the Commonwealth, after Denis Napthine cut $831 million from the health system.

Denis Napthine’s Budget projected a 4.5 per cent increase in hospital funding, arguably not enough to cover the expected growth in demand, due to Victoria’s growing and ageing population.

The budget cuts from Tony Abbott – which start with $129 million this year – will cut a third from this growth funding. Our health system has been left bare.

As a result of these cuts, the elective surgery waiting list will increase and hospitals will struggle to treat emergency patients in time.

Quotes attributable to Mr Jennings:

“Denis Napthine cut hundreds of millions from health, hoping to get it all back from Tony Abbott. Bad call.”

“Under Tony Abbott and Denis Napthine, our health system has been left bare.”

“Liberals cut health – it’s what they’ve always done and it’s what they’ll always do.”

Key Facts

• Denis Napthine has already slashed $831 million from Victorian hospitals.
• The Federal Budget outlined a cut to the National Health reform of $693 million over the next four years.
• A further $240 million of federal funding has been cut from other hospital programs. This means by 2017, Victoria will lose at least $1 billion in federal health funding.
• Beyond 2016, there is an additional $50 billion to be cut nationally from health, which includes at least $12 billion ripped out of the Victorian health budget.

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