Budget slashes Health

Patients at the Angliss Hospital will be no better off under this year’s budget due to another year of health funding cuts by the Napthine Government, James Merlino, Member for Monbulk said.

In this year’s budget, an additional $210 million has been cut from the health budget – taking the total cuts since this government was elected to $826 million.

“You just can’t trust Denis Napthine and the Liberals when it comes to investing in the Angliss Hospital,” Mr Merlino said.

“The State Budget has not only failed to repair the damage done by two years of cuts to the health system, it is going to make things worse.”

“Prior to the election, the Liberals promised to deliver 800 extra hospital beds forVictoria, but yet again, this budget provides no details on location of these beds.”           

“The sad fact is, due to two and a half years of health budget cuts, by June this year, there will be 5,684 patients waiting for surgery at Eastern Health Services, including local people waiting for services at the Angliss Hospital, Maroondah Hospital and Box Hill Hospital – an increase of 14.5%in the last 12 months. 

“The average investment in new and upgraded hospitals facilities has slumped by nearly 40 percent under the Liberals when compared to Labor’s capital program.”

Mr Merlino said the budget showed the health system going backwards, with the list of failures in health was growing longer by the day.

We now have a clear picture on what’s going wrong, with the government unable to meet targets this year for:

  • Ambulance response times
  • Semi-urgent and non-urgent elective surgery patients
  • Emergency department treatment times
  • Ambulance transfers to emergency departments
  • Mental health patients being transferred to a bed

“Our community is feeling the effects of these savage cuts, and we deserve better from this government,” he said.

 “With a record 55,000 people waiting for surgery across the state, our health system is in crisis.

 “Far from fixing the problems, the Liberal Government has become the problem, failing almost every indicator of healthcare and hospital service delivery. And this budget will do nothing to change that.”