Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is calling on the State and Federal Government to sort out their dispute about hospital funding. Ms McGowan said patients in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Benalla will be impacted if hospitals are forced to cutback services due to the disagreement in funding.
Last week, the State Government announced that Albury Wodonga Health, North East Health Wangaratta and Benalla Health would lose $1.8 million from budgets. In Question Time today, Ms McGowan asked Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, if the Government would commit to fund extra capital works due to the shortfall in funding for operational needs.
Ms Ley blamed the State Government for the funding impasse and labelled it as a sneaky attempt to game the system.
Ms McGowan said while the truth was hard to discern, residents in need of healthcare deserved answers.
“It’s clear the major parties are disputing each other’s claims and I call on them to urgently solve this issue,” Ms McGowan said. “Patients in Benalla, Wodonga and Wangaratta hospitals should not be held to ransom.”
Ms McGowan said she would continue to stand up for patients and work to get this issue resolved.