My first priority remains the health and wellbeing of all Victorians. So let’s set the record straight.
The misinformation campaign by the Baillieu Government and Coalition MPs about health funding to local hospitals is a distraction from the Baillieu Government’s own savage cuts of $616 million to Victorian health services.
In fact, the recent Commonwealth budget update confirmed health funding in Victoria will increase by 26 per cent over the next four years, from $3.6 billion in 2012-13 to $4.5 billion in 2015–16. That’s an additional $900 million.
But because Victoria’s population has not grown as quickly as expected, and health inflation is not as great as expected, the funding formula agreed to by Premier Baillieu means the Commonwealth contribution to Victorian’s health system will not grow as much as the Baillieu Government would like.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis says the Commonwealth has cut funding to local health services. That’s plain wrong.
Any reduction in funding to individual health services is a decision of the Baillieu Government. It distributes money to local hospitals, not the Commonwealth.
What Mr Davis fails to mention is that the Commonwealth has provided an additional, unexpected $286 million in GST revenue to Victoria over the next four years.
I suggest your readers write to Minister Davis and demand he use this extra GST money to reverse the cuts he has made to your hospital.
Tanya Plibersek, Federal Health Minister.
State to blame for health cuts