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PM refuses to cough up: Hospital to miss out on $65,000 in federal funding next year

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January 24, 2018

Kyabram District Health, along with Rochester and Elmore District Health Service, will miss out on much needed funding.

PATIENTS at the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service are set to miss out on $65,000 of federal government funding next year.

Across the Murray Plains electorate the loss is more than $1.2 million due to the government refusing to pay the more than $100 million it owes to Victorians.

Despite conceding late last year that Victoria was owed the money, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has failed to reimburse the Victorian government for treating tens of thousands of extra patients, putting the future funding of our local hospital at risk.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the money owed meant fewer nurses and treatments for local patients.

“Instead of playing political games from his waterside mansion in Sydney, Malcolm Turnbull should actually come to the electorate of Murray Plains and meet some of the patients his funding cuts will impact,’’ he said.

Across Murray Plains the cuts are:

■Boort District Health $26,000;

■Cohuna District Hospital $61,000;

■Echuca Regional Health $506,000;

■Kerang and District Health $73,000;

■Kyabram District Health $168,000;

■Rochester and Elmore District Health Service $65,000; and

■Swan Hill District Health $309,000.

The $104 million owed to Victoria is equivalent to 100,222 more chemotherapy procedures for Victoria’s cancer patients, 212,964 extra dialysis sessions for sick patients, more than 650 extra nurses and 54,104 colonoscopies. Health Minister Jill Hennessy said Victorians deserve to know why Malcolm Turnbull is once again short-changing them – this time at the expense of their health.

‘‘It’s not good enough,” she said.

“When Malcolm Turnbull cuts Victoria’s health funding to prop up his budget bottom line, our patients miss out on life-saving treatment.”

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