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Emma Kealy – Labor admits to health cuts as regional Victorians snubbed

Friday 16 June 2024


The Allan Labor Government has admitted health services will suffer a funding cut, in a cruel blow to regional patients and communities.


Minister for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas, confirmed at least 20 health services across Victoria will have their funding slashed – reportedly by up to 30 per cent.


It comes as the Allan Labor Government continues to progress its plan to forcibly merge health services which will lead to a loss of services and job cuts.


Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy, said regional Victorians continue to be snubbed and deserved to learn full details of looming cuts and mergers.


“No more secrets. It is time for Labor to fully detail how these cuts will impact services and regional Victorians,” Ms Kealy said.


“The Allan Labor Government has admitted it will cut funding to at least 20 of Victoria’s health services. How is it possible for them to serve their communities?


“In my electorate, we’ve experienced the devastating impact of Labor’s Grampians Health mega-merger, which has resulted in the loss of local health services and jobs.


“It has demoralised staff and led to the centralisation of management to Ballarat.


“Labor continues to irresponsibly splash money on big city projects as regional Victoria gets left out in the cold.


“Labor can’t manage money, can’t manage our health system and regional Victorians are paying the price.”


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