Today’s State Budget has revealed a disturbing two billion dollar cut to Victoria’s health system.
Despite Labor’s spin and claims otherwise, total expenditure on healthcare will fall by more than $2 billion from $27.06 billion in 2021-22 to $25.02 billion in 2022-23.
Cuts confirmed in the budget include funding reductions for admitted services, non-admitted services, emergency services, residential aged care, aged support services, mental health community support services and acute health in small rural settings.
Funding held in contingency is not committed real funding and major projects such as the much needed Melton Hospital do not have a single dollar allocated towards them in this budget.
Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier said Daniel Andrews’ cuts to health funding couldn’t come at a worse possible time.
“Victoria has a healthcare crisis and Labor is ripping $2 billion from our hospitals, aged cared system and mental health services.”
“It’s black and white in the budget, the only person cutting health funding is Daniel Andrews.”
“Even where Labor has provided actual health funding, such as ambulance emergency services, it amounts to a gold coin for every Victorian.”
“Victoria will never be number one again whilst our health system is broken and Labor continues to pull money out of it and spin away the truth.”
“Only a Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will end Labor’s healthcare crisis and build new community hospitals in Melton and Mildura.”