More Turnbull cuts to Castlemaine and Bendigo hospitals

Local Labor MPs are calling on Malcolm Turnbull to immediately reverse a recent decision to rip millions of dollars from central Victorian hospitals.

On a day where State Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, is at Bendigo Health showcasing the Victorian Labor Government’s commitment to delivering a world-class hospital on budget and on time, the Liberals are going on doing what they do best - cutting health funding.

The Federal Government’s decision to change the way it will calculates health activity funding will result in $173,000 stripped from Castlemaine Health’s budget and $1.771 million from Bendigo Health.

This is on top of Malcolm Turnbull’s already savage $17.7 billion cut to Victorian hospitals over the next 10 years.
State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, said this last cut will see Castlemaine Hospital and Bendigo Health have a huge funding black hole nine months into its annual budget.

“Victoria has consistently acted within all the requirements of the funding agreement, and there is no reason why Victoria’s funding allocation should be recalculated.

“These cuts are a direct attack on central Victorian hospitals, and will see patients waiting longer for surgeries and treatment.

“This is not good enough. Bendigo and Castlemaine patients deserve better.”

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said central Victoria’s hospitals were already under immense pressure due to Malcolm Turnbull’s impending $17.7 billion cut to our health system.

“People living outside our cities already suffer from poorer health outcomes. They have inferior access to services and late presentations to hospital are more common.

“This is just the latest kick in the teeth from the Liberal Government to regional hospitals and its users.

“Before the last election, the Liberals promised they wouldn’t cut health – yet all we’ve seen is cut, after cut, after cut.

“Malcolm Turnbull needs to stop punishing Victorian hospitals and patients just to prop up his budget bottom line.”