Health Crisis

Tony Abbott’s Liberal Government will slash $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals, heaping more pressure on a system already struggling to cope.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino said the $277 million cuts include over 21 million cut from Eastern Health which means patients in the East will suffer.

“Denis Napthine’s cuts were bad enough, now Tony Abbott is slashing $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals. Of all the states and territories, Tony Abbott has hit Victoria hardest,” Matthew Posetti, Labor candidate for Ferntree Gully said.

Matthew Posetti said “Denis Napthine has already plunged Victorian hospitals into crisis, with clogged emergency departments, ambulances taking too long to reach people in an emergency and more patients are waiting longer than ever for surgery.”

The money Tony Abbott will rip out of the system could clear elective surgery waiting lists in the east by funding 3,990 elective surgery procedures OR employ 227 nurses OR open 38 new hospital beds.

James Merlino said “Mr Napthine said he would ‘kick and scream’ for a greater share of GST funding, but he has remained utterly silent on this massive cut to our hospitals that will affect patients right across Victoria.

“You can’t trust the Liberals with our health system. Victoria deserves better.” James Merlino said.