More uncertainty for Victoria’s Primary Care Partnerships

Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) and 850 health partners have suffered another cruel blow from the Andrews Labor Government after the government overnight failed to guarantee an additional three years of funding.

Funding and service agreements for PCPs were due to be cut by the Andrews Government on 31 December 2019, however PCPs have overnight received ‘stay of execution’ letters extending their service agreements until 30 June 2020 while a consultancy review is undertaken.

Tragically for Victoria’s 28 PCPs and their staff, no additional funding was offered by the Andrews Labor Government, meaning our key health prevention partnerships will have to reduce the work they do for the Victorian community.

Even former Health Minister Daniel Andrews said Primary Care Partnerships do “significant work to help people with chronic illnesses”.

Daniel Andrews claimed PCPs help Victorians avoid hospitalisation “particularly when people and the health agencies can work together on preventative actions and early intervention.”

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 10 Community Hospitals, cuts to admitted acute care for four major hospital networks, cuts to women’s health, cuts to some palliative care services, cuts to health protection and cuts to cancer treatment technology.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Yet again Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos hide behind a closed door review, as Labor’s health funding cuts bring local services to their knees.

“Health prevention is often the first step to tackling some of Victoria’s serious health challenges, yet Daniel Andrews, once a supporter of Primary Care Partnerships, has decided to back his embattled Minister’s uncertainty to this crucial area of need.

“Despite the cynicism PCPs and health partners have for this last minute review, it is important they continue the fight against Daniel Andrews’ health cuts and I congratulate them on their advocacy so far.”

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