Commitment to fight for state's share

David Davis.

David Davis.

THE Federal Budget raises a number of concerns, says Health Minister David Davis.

"Health is a partnership with the federal government and we saw the federal government bring down its Budget last Tuesday," Mr Davis said.

"Now there's a number of concerns in that Budget.

"The period out beyond 2017 will see a reduction in the growth funding provided by the federal government.

"That will be on the basis of population and CPI.

"Now it's the Victorian government's view that that will not keep pace with the need for health funding.

"So that is an issue from 2017 and we will be debating that vigorously with the federal government in the forthcoming period."

Mr Davis said there was also the matter of funding from July 1, 2014-15.

"The Victorian government will be making very strong submissions about that and making sure that our fair share of growth funding is available for Victoria," he said.

"We do have some concerns about the fall-off in support through the National Partnership Agreement in sub-acute beds and we will be looking to see that there is appropriate funding in the broad health agreement to make sure health funding is as it should be.

"That will assist the Victorian government to meet what is needed in Bendigo and elsewhere around the state.

"But I can assure you that the Victorian government will be fighting very hard for every cent of money that Victoria is due.

"The Premier met with the premiers and first ministers on Sunday in Sydney and I've certainly had conversations with my state counterparts.

"State health ministers will meet in Sydney in early June to discuss these matters and others and I'll certainly be pressing the case for Victoria.

"But what is clear is that we need to ensure there's sufficient funding for our hospitals, including Bendigo Health, ensure there is sufficient funding state wide so there's a good outcome for our hospitals and patients.

"This is a challenge for all of the state and not just Bendigo."

Mr Davis was in Bendigo on Tuesday for the naming of the fourth crane at the new Bendigo Hospital site.

Mr Davis met competition winner Victoria Scicluna, 9, and toured the site.

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