Report reveals more evidence of Labor underfunding palliative care

The Andrews Labor Government promise of more palliative care support has been proven to be another Labor lie in today’s Health Report on Government Services.

Despite palliative care support for patients in New South Wales and Queensland surging, the number of Victorians who received palliative treatment in a public hospital has been cut.

More concerning for Victorians is that government documents reveal funding cuts of up to 18.3 per cent for Banksia Palliative Care Service, Eastern Palliative Care Association, Mercy Palliative Care, South East Palliative Care, Peninsula Home Hospice and the Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service across this financial year.

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 health protection and cuts to cancer treatment technology.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Daniel Andrews promised he would support Victorians with whatever end-of-life choice they make, and promised to support palliative care services.

“This data confirms Daniel Andrews has broken this promise with palliative services across the state suffering funding cuts, which in turn limits the end-of-life care options for vulnerable patients.

“Victorians are already feeling the cost of Labor as the Andrews Labor Government’s health cuts continue to hurt.”

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