Turnbull’s Plan To Rip Millions From Shepparton Hospitals

18 February 2018

Goulburn Valley Health and local patients will be millions of dollars worse off under a plan by Malcolm Turnbull to slash health funding.

Once again, Victorians are being dudded by Malcolm Turnbull, with new analysis confirming plans to short-change Goulburn Valley Health to the tune of $36.3 million as part of a new health funding agenda.

Under the Turnbull Government’s National Health Reform Agreement 2020/21 to 2024/25, the Liberals are still refusing to pay their fair share, capping their contribution at 6.5 per cent growth – which will not meet demand in our hospitals – and refusing to increase the Commonwealth contribution rate to 50 per cent.

The agreement they have put on the table would mean $2.1 billion less for Victorian hospitals over the five years, which for Goulburn Valley Health would mean:

  • 121 fewer doctors
  • 290 fewer nurses
  • 5847 fewer elective surgeries

Across the Hume region, cuts of $126 million would mean 423 fewer doctors, 1,008 fewer nurses or 20,301 fewer elective surgeries.

This would hit our hospitals hard, and would leave Northern Victorian patients waiting longer for vital healthcare.

This is on top of the $104 million that Victoria is already owed by the Federal Liberal Government – which Malcolm Turnbull still refuses to pay – despite independent advice confirming Victoria is entitled to the funding.

This $104 million cut is equal to 100,000 chemotherapy treatments or 650 nurses.

As the fastest growing state in the country, Victoria deserves its fair share. This proves again that Malcolm Turnbull and his Government cannot be trusted on health funding.

And to make matters worse, Matthew Guy refuses to stand up against his mate Malcolm Turnbull when he cuts Victorian hospitals.

You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to healthcare – all they do is cut.

Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“Our new analysis shows that every single hospital across our state would stand to miss out – and it’s Victorian patients who will bear the brunt of these costs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp

“We will not stand by while vital funds are cut from our hospitals – they will impact on doctors, nurses and crucial care our local people need.”

“Shepparton locals deserve better. Malcolm Turnbull needs to step up and stop short-changing our hospitals to prop up his budget bottom line.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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