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Echuca hospital receives $5.8 million

The latest round of Victorian Government funding for Echuca hospital is part of annual government contributions, according to ERH chief executive.

April 7, 2014 3:11am

Victorian Health Minister David Davis has hailed increased funding for Echuca Regional Health a win, but hospital chief executive Michael Delahunty said the money was simply part of annual government contributions.

Last Thursday, Mr Davis’ office issued a statement to say the Victorian Government had increased funding by $5,810,000.

It said that in comparison, Labor had cut funding to Echuca Regional Health by $1,369,000.

‘‘Daniel Andrews should be embarrassed. The figures he is quoting are the cuts that the Rudd and Gillard Governments wanted to make to our hospitals,’’ Mr Davis said.

‘‘The Coalition Government is investing a record $14.3 billion in our health system, which is $2 billion more than Labor did during its last year in office.

‘‘We are also spending more than $4.5 billion on health infrastructure to expand capacity.’’

Member for Rodney Paul Weller said the Coalition Government was proud of the record funding it was putting into Victoria’s health services.

‘‘Victoria can’t afford to risk our health budget with Daniel Andrews and Labor again,’’ Mr Weller said.

When The Riv spoke to Mr Delahunty on Friday, he said the $5.8 million in funding was to ‘‘maintain our buying power and to maintain staffing levels from one year to the next’’.

He said the funding went towards maintaining viability at the hospital.

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