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Health cuts will impact on Lismore: Labor

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The O’Farrell government has confirmed it is cutting $2.98 billion in NSW health funding, including more than $2 billion in cuts to services and hospital budgets and $775 million in staffing cuts.

As part of these cuts, some 3,600 health workers are set to lose their jobs.

‘Just days after launching the biggest attack on our education system in twenty years with $1.7 billion in cuts to schools, Barry O’Farrell is slashing $3 billion from our health system,’ Mr Veitch said.

‘Cutting $3 billion from the health system will impact on every health and hospital service in Lismore.

‘Our local nurses and medical staff do an outstanding job, but it will be impossible to quarantine care in our hospital wards and operating theatres from this extraordinary attack on health funding.

‘Funding cuts of this magnitude will mean fewer beds and longer waiting times.

‘If your child or relative goes into hospital, you expect they will receive the best possible care. Barry O’Farrell’s decision to cut health funding by $3 billion will put all of this at risk.

‘The O’Farrell government didn’t tell anyone prior to the election that they planned to slash education funding by $1.7 billion and cut health funding by $3 billion.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. WOW.. outrageous decisions tearing down our NHS and education system.. You just have to look at Uk to see which way this going, they are currently tendering out NHS services to private companies And it is not a good outlook.
    I have recently been cured of a serious cancer and received world class treatment from our national health service. Whilst receiving treatment i sought out support on cancer network groups online.
    there i saw single mums and other people on low incomes not getting the treatment they should be entitled to and struggling with finances to pay for expensive diagnostic scans and treatments such as chemo and radiotherapy, things they should not have to worry about during such difficult times in places that have a privatised health care system only… particularly the US.
    If Australia want our health service to follow on this path … just do nothing… if not LOOK carefully at who you vote for!

  2. Dose it seem to others that this State Government is taking from the Rural areas to give to the cities, money being taken out of the area is cutting more jobs out of an all ready struggling country economy what are the Nationals doing about this for us

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