Reports today that Victoria is on the brink of a health funding crisis that would force public hospitals to cut the number of patients treated is another blow for the thousands of Victorians already languishing on hospital waiting lists.
Before the 2018 State Election, Daniel Andrews and Labor promised Victorians the world in health but now the true cost of Labor’s inability to manage money is becoming clear.
Since the 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, cuts to home and community care programs for young Victorians, cuts to drug treatment, cuts to mental health community support services, cuts to women’s health and cuts to health protection.
Victorian public hospitals have now fallen victim to Daniel Andrews’ inability to manage money, with major hospitals facing shortfalls of between $20 and $35 million over the next year.
Victoria is the highest taxing state in Australia and despite introducing over 20 new and increased taxes since first elected, Daniel Andrews just can’t find the money to fulfil his election promises and to adequately fund health services.
As the saying goes, don’t listen to what Labor says, look at what Labor does.
Georgie Crozier MP
Shadow Minister for Health