The duty MLC for Lismore, Mick Veitch, has lashed out at the O’Farrell government’s unprecedented $3 billion cut to health funding, saying it will ‘devastate’ local hospitals and health services in the Lismore area.
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.