CGHS funds boosted

CENTRAL Gippsland Health Service will receive $57.01 million in funding for 2014-15, an increase of $2.26 million on the previous year.

Latrobe Regional Hospital will receive $163.43 million for 2014-15,  up by $6.09 million on the previous year.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan welcomed the funding boost for CGHS.

“The funding arrangements between State and Federal Governments are very complex and under the previous Federal Labor Government we saw CGHS short-changed,” Mr Ryan said.

“During 2013-2014 Labor ripped $586,000 from its promised funding for CGHS because of its dodgy use of population statistics.

“The Victorian Coalition Government has been working with the Commonwealth to determine the best outcome for Victorian hospitals.

“It is very pleasing to see the increase in funding for the CGHS. This funding boost by the Coalition Government will enable our hospitals to continue treating record numbers of patients,” Mr Ryan said.

Health Minister David Davis said the government was committed to properly funding hospital services.

“I have said that Victoria will be fighting for every dollar it is entitled to, and this outcome is pleasing.

“Victoria’s submission was largely accepted, which means an increase in funding from the Commonwealth.

According to the minister the budget bottom lines of Victoria’s public hospitals have increased by an average of 5.1 per cent over last year.