Hospital money should be reinstated

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I AM concerned about the Federal Labor Government’s decision to strip $2.1 million of promised funding from the Central Gippsland Health Service over the next three years.

This decision will impact Central Gippsland Health Service’s ability to meet the growing demand for elective surgery and emergency treatment.

I strongly encourage local Labor MP’s Matt Viney and Johan Scheffer, as well as state Labor leader Daniel Andrews, to stand up to their federal colleagues and ask for Victoria’s funding to be reinstated.

The Victorian Coalition Government was successful in seeking a return of $107 million in funding that Labor cruelly cut from Victoria’s hospitals last year, however the larger cuts of $368 million over three years came into effect from Monday, July 1, 2013.

Labor defends its decision to renege on its promised funding by producing dodgy population figures that say Victoria’s population fell by more than 11,000 people in 2011.

This is clearly nonsense as confirmed by Australian Bureau of Statistics whose latest data shows Victoria’s population has in fact grown by 75,000 people.

As the member for Gippsland South, I am committed to ensuring Sale residents have access to the best available health care and I call on Kevin Rudd to reinstate the funding that Julia Gillard and Tanya Plibersek so cruelly cut.

The Victorian Coalition Government has done its part by increasing funding for acute hospital services by 5.4 per cent this year, and increasing our total health service investment by a further $2 billion.

Labor’s cruel funding cut will put Central Gippsland Health Service, and many other Victorian hospitals, under enormous pressure and will have a negative impact on the health of Victorian patients.

Further information on Labor’s hospital funding cuts can be found at www.health.vic.gov.au/facts