Abbott and Napthine cut millions from Monash Hospitals

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Tony Abbott’s Liberal Government will cut $34.6 million from Monash Health – the largest health service in Victoria – putting more pressure on a system already in crisis.

In total, Tony Abbott will cut $277 million from Victorian hospitals. That amount of money could clear the elective surgery waiting list, or employ 3,000 nurses or open 500 new hospital beds.

Of all the states and territories, Tony Abbott has hit Victoria the hardest and Monash is his biggest target,” says Mr Andrews. “It doesn’t matter what they say, the Liberals will always cut funds to health.”

“The Liberal cuts to Monash Medical Centre will put even more pressure on emergency departments and the elective surgery waiting list – things will get much worse,” says Mr Jennings. Denis Napthine won’t stand up to Tony Abbott, he won’t put Victoria first, and families in the south east will miss out.”

The State Liberal Government cut $826 million from Victorian hospitals. Tony Abbott’s $277 million cuts were revealed in the MYEFO budget update released in December 2013.

Based on current funding levels, the cut to Monash Health would mean $3.4 million slashed from this year’s budget and $15 million lost in 2016/17. The latest health data released by the Government shows Monash Medical Centre (Clayton) failed to treat at least 80 per cent of all patients in the emergency department within targeted time; transfer at least 90 per cent patients from ambulances within 40 minutes; and meet its targets for urgent and semi-urgent elective surgery patients.

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