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

State Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the $277 million cuts include $1.42
million from Wimmera Health Care Group, $390,000 from West Wimmera Health
Service and $300,000 for East Wimmera Health Service which means patients in
and around Horsham 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 the hardest,” Ms Pulford said.

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

“The money Mr Abbott will rip out of hospitals in and around Horsham could fund 404
additional surgical operations to reduce the waiting list, employ 22 additional
nurses or open 5 new hospital beds in the area,”.

“On a state-wide basis, the money Mr Abbott will rip out of the system could clear the elective surgery waiting list, employ 3,000 nurses or open 500 new hospital beds”.

“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.”