Health Service Council Opposes Cuts in Funding to Hospitals

Health Service Council Opposes Cuts in Funding to HospitalsHealth Minister Lawrence Springborg had the previous day announced that hospitals in Queensland would face cuts of $103 million in funding by the Federal Government. And where the general public as well as hospital chiefs were concerned by the same, he had also defended the cuts saying the same are necessary.

It is, therefore, that Tanya Plibersek has now come forward to stand by the revised population modeling. The members of the Health Service Council of Board Chairs oppose the move of cuts saying that the time for consultation and planning to respond is too less.

It is being said that budget cuts cannot be planned in the nick of time and the same would adversely affect hospitals' ability to deliver different services to people in Victoria. Emergency performance would suffer along with probable cancellation of planned elective surgery. Beds or services may also be put to closure.

The $6 million cut from children's health services is also a major concern. "We are gravely concerned about the detrimental impact this significant seven month funding reduction at such short notice will have on the Victorian community and our staff", the letter to PM Julia Gillard by the Council read.

The letter also read that hospitals might need to take out $40 million from savings of 2011/2012 in seven months.