Impact of health cuts questioned

UPDATE, 1.10PM

Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder said the organisation had not been advised of any federal government budget cuts.

"The Federal and State Budgets have not yet been released, until they are released our final budget remains unknown," he said.

EARLIER:

MEMBER for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says the community deserves to know about the predicted impact of a $7 million cut to the Bendigo Health budget.

"People in Bendigo deserve to know how Bendigo Health's operations will be impacted by this latest Tony Abbot funding cut," Ms Chesters said.

"By informing the public, by letting people know exactly what's going on, can generate a campaign locally that can have influence on the decision makers.

"We saw that in the last Labor government when a smaller funding change was put forward.

"Through a strong grass roots campaign, Labor heard the community and put the money back.

"We haven't seen the same this time round.

"And what I'm keen to know, like my state counterparts, is why?

"Has there been any unfair influence? Why the secrecy?"

Ms Chesters, Jacinta Allan, Maree Edwards have written to Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder urgently seeking information on the impact of the cuts.

“In 2012, when the former federal government made changes to hospital funding, subsequently reversed, Bendigo Health CEO John Mulder and board chair, Michael Langdon played a prominent role in the media protesting the negative impact this would have for Bendigo," Ms Allan said.

 “We hope that Mr Mulder and Mr Langdon will join with us in protesting yet another Liberal Government taking the axe to Bendigo Hospital funding.”

A spokesman for Senator Ronaldson said: “The Napthine Government’s investment of $630 million for the new Bendigo Hospital makes it absolutely clear to the people of Bendigo that only the Coalition is interested in providing them with world class health facilities.”

Minister for Health Peter Dutton said: “the simple truth is that Labor cut funding to public hospitals by $1.5 billion in the 2012-13 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) based on its agreement with the states.”

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