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Sykes welcomes hospital funding

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The Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes, has welcomed the announcement of funding boosts to hospitals across the Benalla Electorate.

“This funding announcement is very welcome however the viability of our hospitals is still critical,” Dr Sykes said.

“A number of Hospitals across the Benalla Electorate have received a funding boost but Victoria’s public hospital finances continue to place an unnecessary load on the health system under the Bracks Government.”

“The recent Auditor-General’s report Public Hospital Financial Performance and Sustainability noted ‘consistent unfavourable trends or results over the six years to 2006’ within the public hospital system.

“The report warned that one of the key risks to the health and wealth of this State is the financial viability of our public hospitals,” Dr Sykes said.

Dr Sykes said there were a number of country hospitals across Victoria which were struggling to stay afloat.

“The Benalla & District Memorial Hospital will receive a 7 percent increase while Alpine Health will receive a 4.9 percent increase. The Alexandra District Hospital will receive a 4.1 percent increase and the Mansfield District Hospital a 5.2 percent increase.

Dr Sykes concluded, “We need to increase the funding to hospitals in rural and regional Victoria to ensure the continued delivery of health services to country areas”.

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Written by Greg Naylor

4 July 2007 at 5:26 pm

Posted in Health, media release

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