Elective surgery for 1300 patients across three Melbourne
hospitals will reportedly be cancelled over the next five
months as the fallout from $107 million in federal budget
Western Health says 550 patients at the Western and Sunshine
hospitals and 750 patients at Williamstown Hospital will not
receive elective surgery as planned this financial year,
Thousands of elective surgeries are set to be cancelled
across the state as hospitals slash services to cope with the
federal funding loss.
More than 300 beds were being closed as federal Health
Minister Tanya Plibersek and her Victorian counterpart David
Davis negotiated a time to meet on the funding issue late
Thursday, Fairfax said.
Mr Davis has said Canberra has cut $107 million from existing
hospital budgets, while Ms Plibersek maintains Victoria will
receive $900 million more in hospital funding over four
The cuts have prompted The Alfred to reportedly axe 300
operations, while the Royal Children's Hospital has announced
it will have to slash 50 jobs.