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Labor's health cuts hurt Casey-Cardinia

Health services at Casey Hospital may be at risk as a result of the Federal Labor Government’s damaging $107 million funding cuts.

Eastern Victoria Region MP Edward O’Donohue said the Federal Government’s monthly contribution to Victoria’s health pool has been cut by $15.3 million for the second month in a row- bringing the total loss to $107 million over the current financial year.

“Labor has short-changed Victoria’s hospitals and put vital local health services at risk in the south-east, with wards and beds in danger of closing,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Jobs in the south-east are also on the line as hospitals determine which staff they may have to let go to cope with the devastating funding cuts.”

Gembrook MP Brad Battin said Labor’s justification that Victoria needed fewer services due to a population decrease was absurd.

“You only have to look at the enormous growth in the south- east of Melbourne to realise that claim is ludicrous,” Mr Battin said.

“Casey Hospital services the heart of the Casey-Cardinia growth corridor, which continues to expand each day. Any reduction in hospital services to this area could be devastating.”

Mr O’Donohue called on Latrobe MP Laura Smyth to stand up for her local community and help protect health services in the south-east.

“I urge Ms Smyth to do the right thing and put Victoria ahead of Labor,” Mr O’Donohue said.

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