April 24, 2015

ABBOTT’S CUTS WILL MEAN LONGER HOSPITAL WAITING TIMES FOR FAMILIES IN BALLARAT

Ballarat Health Services will lose $347 million over the next ten years as a result of the Abbott Government’s cuts to health.

The Abbott Government has walked away from key components of the National Health Reform Agreement, cutting the Commonwealth’s contributions to Victoria’s public hospitals from 1 July 2017 and removing funding guarantees.

As a result, Victoria stands to lose $13.6 billion over the next ten years, the equivalent of more than 2.3 million elective surgeries. $13.6 billion is also equivalent to more than 25 million dialysis sessions, or more than 11.6 million chemotherapy treatments.

The Abbott Government’s cuts comes on top of the $1 billion which was ripped out of health by the previous State Liberal Government, and means Victorians will wait even longer in emergency departments and on elective surgery waiting lists.

The Abbott Government has also cut funding from a number of key National Partnership Agreements, including:

  • Almost $220 million ($219.4 million) over three years for the National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services
  • Up to $50 million in reward payments for emergency department and elective surgery waiting list times, and $840 million over the next ten years to fund new subacute beds, under the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services
  • Up to $90 million for the National Partnership Agreement for Preventive Health.

These cuts will have a significant impact on families in Ballarat.

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard fix Victoria’s health system, to ensure Victorians can have timely access to quality healthcare.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“The Abbott Government’s cuts will weaken the provision of healthcare in Ballarat.”

“Ballarat Base Hospital is a fantastic hospital. To rip $347 million away from the Base will make it hard for them to continue do the amazing work they do to treat our loved ones.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“Victorians are already waiting too long in emergency departments and for elective surgery, and these cuts will only make it worse.”

“People across our region depend on the high quality healthcare services provided at the Ballarat Base Hospital.  Cutting $347 million from the Ballarat Base Hospital will have a real impact on people who need medical care.”