Lisa Chesters MP has condemned the Turnbull Governments most recent round of funding cuts to Central Victorian hospitals that will be nearly $5.6 million worse off over the next three years.
Ms Chesters said the enormity of the cuts will deeply affect Central Victorian hospitals.
“What we are seeing here is another attack on our local hospitals by the Turnbull Government. They are asking the states and territories to find money they do not have or be forced to close hospital beds, put off infrastructure upgrades and sack frontline health workers.
“These cuts will also increase emergency department waiting times and elective surgery waiting lists.
“This decision from the Turnbull Government is cutting hundreds of millions out of Australia’s public hospitals between 2017- 2020, with the Bendigo electorates cut of $5.6million equivalent to 1,527 cataract surgeries, 211 knee replacements or 8 full time doctors over the 3 years.
“These devastating cuts by Malcolm Turnbull show his real priorities that he is happy to give big business a tax handout but won’t properly fund Bendigo’s public hospitals and give locals the health care they need.
“Public hospital funding should be an equal partnership between State and Federal Governments but this Federal Liberal Government is not paying its fair share.
“Every dollar cut from Central Victorian hospitals is a dollar cut from our sickest and most vulnerable patients.
“Our community isn’t going to our public hospitals because they want something to do – they are there because they desperately need health care,’ said Ms Chesters.
Every public hospital in the Bendigo Electorate will be worse off:
• Bendigo Hospital – $4.89million
• Castlemaine Health – $430,000
• Maldon Hospital - $20,000
• Kyneton Hospital - $170,000
• Heathcote Health - $40,000
“Access to health care should be determined by your Medicare card – not your credit card. But while Turnbull prioritises defending big business and siding with the private health insurers our public hospitals will continue to be put last.,” said Ms Chesters.