Monash Health and local patients will be $259 million worse off under a plan by Malcolm Turnbull to slash health funding.

Once again, Victorians are being dudded by Malcolm Turnbull, with new analysis confirming plans to short-change Monash Health to the tune of $259 million over five years from 2020 as part of a new health funding agenda.

Under the Turnbull Government’s National Health Reform Agreement 2020/21 to 2024/25, the Liberals are still refusing to pay their fair share, capping their contribution at 6.5 per cent growth – which will not meet demand in our hospitals – and refusing to increase the Commonwealth contribution rate to 50 per cent.

The agreement they have put on the table would mean $2.1 billion less for Victorian hospitals over the five years, which for Monash and its hospitals, including Dandenong, Monash Clayton and Monash Moorabbin, would mean the equivalent of:

  • 868 fewer doctors
  • 2072 fewer nurses
  • 41,726 fewer elective surgeries

This would hit our hospitals hard, and would leave the people who depend on Monash Health waiting longer for vital healthcare.

This is on top of the $104 million that Victoria is already owed by the Federal Liberal Government – which Malcolm Turnbull still refuses to pay – despite independent advice confirming Victoria is entitled to the funding.

This $104 million cut is equal to 100,000 chemotherapy treatments or 650 nurses.

As the fastest growing state in the country, Victoria deserves its fair share. This proves again that Malcolm Turnbull and his Government cannot be trusted on health funding.

And to make matters worse, Matthew Guy refuses to stand up against his mate Malcolm Turnbull when he cuts Victorian hospitals.

You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to healthcare – all they do is cut.