Why won’t Health Minister Jenny Mikakos commit to saving Primary Care Partnerships?

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos has again failed to support ongoing funding for Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships, the sixth time this week.

The looming health funding cuts to Primary Care Partnerships follow a plea from the state-wide Chair of Victorian Primary Care Partnerships, Kevin Feeney yesterday who called on the Andrews Labor Government “to commit to continuing Primary Care Partnerships’ modest funding for the benefit of all Victorians”.

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.”

Victoria’s 28 PCPs involve more than 800 organisations, including hospitals, community health services, Primary Health Networks, local governments, mental health services, drug treatment services and disability services.

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 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:

“Daniel Andrews and Jenny Mikakos are taking the scalpel to Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships and Victorian health will be the poorer for it.

“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 cut funding to this crucial area of need.

“These latest health cuts are another example of Daniel Andrews inability to manage money which may put lives at risk.”

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