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VHA hopeful Federal Government will see sense to restore funding

Posted 16 April 2015

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) puts its full support behind Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jill Hennessy as they make the case for restoring the $13 billion wiped from Victoria’s budget for delivering health services over the next 10 years.

VHA Acting CEO Tom Symondson said the cut will put further stress on Victoria’s already financially strained health services and implored the Federal Government to reconsider its changes to the funding formula set out in the National Health Reform Agreement.

“It is disappointing the Federal Government has discarded a funding formula, especially without consultation, which health services rely on for meeting the challenging targets set out under the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services,” Mr Symondson said.

“It’s very difficult for health services to plan their activities to meet the bar when the ground is taken from under them.

“Victorian health services perform extremely well on the limited funding they receive to meet highly challenging emergency and elective surgery targets but these funding cuts will have a devastating impact on their ability to maintain that high level of care.

“This new funding formula can only be seen as an arbitrary measure for making budget savings and I am sure I join many others in offering the experience and industry knowledge of the VHA to the government in developing a funding model that actually meets the needs of health services and delivers a beneficial outcome for patients.”

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