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Shellharbour Hospital could lose up to $145 million over the next decade after the federal Government locked in hospital cuts in this year’s Budget.
New South Wales is set to lose $17.7 billion in hospital funding over the next decade. This is bad news for the 8,000 patients presenting annually at Shellharbour Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.
Throsby MP/candidate for Whitlam Stephen Jones said that the cuts were typical of the Coalition’s approach to healthcare.
“If the federal Government’s cuts to New South Wales’ hospitals proceed as planned, Shellharbour Hospital will lose up to $14.5 million each year over the next decade.
“The Coalition’s attack on Medicare and hospitals is coming at the expense of patients in places like Shellharbour.
“Only Labor will ensure that all Australians can continue to access the healthcare they need, it is in our DNA.”
State Shellharbour MP Anna Watson warned that local patients would be the ones losing out.
“The federal Government’s hospitals Budget cuts will directly impact on the most important health facility in the southern Illawarra, Shellharbour Hospital.
“Shellharbour Hospital currently has 165 beds. The $14.5 million in cuts which Shellharbour Hospital will cop every year for the next decade will mean less beds, less elective surgery, less doctors and more pressure on the emergency department.
“I want to see the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, stand up for Shellrbour Hospital. The Minister must tell the federal Liberals – these cuts cannot stand.”
6 June 2016