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Labor’s cuts to Monash Health

The Andrews Labor Government has cut $56 million in funding for acute admitted patient services at Monash Health, as Daniel Andrews’ health funding crisis continues to be revealed.

After pressure from the Liberal Nationals in State Parliament last week, the Department of Health and Human Services published the overdue Policy and Funding Guidelines for 2019-20, which detail health budgets for certain Victorian organisations.

Monash Health, which includes the Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and the Monash Children’s’ Hospital, will this financial year experience a 5.9% cut to acute admitted funding, down from $957.1 million to $900.7 million.

Since the 2018 election, Victorians have endured Labor’s funding cuts to dental and community health, funding shortfalls for hospital upgrades, zero infrastructure dollars for ten Community Hospitals, State Government funding uncertainty for flu shots for kids, cuts to women’s health, cuts to some palliative care services, cuts to health protection and cuts to cancer treatment technology.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Monash Health has more than 260,000 people a year admitted to their hospitals, yet as our population increases Daniel Andrews has cruelly decided to cut their health funding.”

“Daniel Andrews can’t manage money and his health cuts will put Victorian lives at risk.”

“Victorians should be deeply concerned with Daniel Andrews’ funding attacks on our health system.”

Comments attributable to the State Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region, Gordon Rich-Phillips:

“Monash Health provides services to a community that has some of the most complex health needs. Our local community deserves proper health care, not to be subjected to Labor’s funding cuts.”

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