Liberal governments rip millions out of central Victorian hospitals

Hospitals in the Bendigo electorate will be nearly $29 million worse off over the next five years due to cuts in the Federal Liberal Government’s Budget.

Bendigo Health bears the brunt of these cuts with over $24,850,404 to be stripped from its funding from 2013-2018.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said the hefty cuts were caused by the Federal Liberal Government walking away from funding guarantees under the National Health Reform Agreement.

The Government also announced in the Budget it will change the way it indexes its contribution to hospital funding.

“Tony Abbott is asking the states and territories to find money they do not have or be forced to cut nurses, sack doctors, close hospital beds, put off infrastructure upgrades and sack frontline health workers,” she said.

“These cuts will increase emergency department waiting times, increase elective surgery waiting times, and reduce the number of hospital beds across the country.”

Victorian Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, said these cuts came on top of $826 million in cuts by the Napthine Government.

“The hospitals in my electorate are already struggling under cuts from the state Government,” she said.

“The system is crisis - more people are waiting for surgery, nearly one in five ambulances are ‘ramping’ too long and emergency departments are struggling.”