Echuca Regional Health has advised while funding cuts will result in a staff employment freeze, no jobs will be lost.KATHLEEN TONINI January 17, 2013 4:01am
Echuca Regional Health will not lose jobs as a result of recent funding cuts.
Last week there were reports some Victorian hospitals would cut jobs and close beds to cope with federal funding reductions.
ERH chief executive Michael Delahunty said the hospital would not sack anyone, though there would be an employment freeze.
He said as well as no new positions, if a staff member retired they would not be replaced.
The hospital’s usual scheduled low-activity period was extended for another week to factor in more than $400,000 worth of cuts to this year’s hospital budget.
There will be no elective surgery this week and some staff will remain on leave.
While the Victorian Government has blamed the Federal Government for reducing funding for hospitals, Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has pointed the finger at the state government.
A spokesperson for Tanya Plibersek said the Federal Government was actually increasing funding for Victoria, with health funding to increase by 26 per cent over the next four years.
But when the Victorian Health Minister David Davis visited Echuca hospital recently, he said the reduced funding was totally attributable to Federal cuts to health funding.
Mr Davis described the reduction of the funding pool as unjustified and unprecedented.
‘‘To do those cuts in the middle of the year means that the impact on hospitals and health services will be amplified and the impact on patients will be increased,’’ he said.
Rich River's Ben Docking capitalised on local knowledge to take out the Goulburn Valley District Golf champion of champions event at his home course.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Timbercutter Doug Rosenow is hoping people will listen before it is too late.
Goulburn-Murray Water has been filling in the decommissioned irrigation channel by the Northern Hwy, just out of Rochester.
Fraser sure has aces in spades
It was a triumphant homecoming for God's Own gelding.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Fiona Bradshaw and the Planet X team have raised more than $5000.
2013/14 Annual Report received this week finds overall finances are ‘‘fair and improving’’ at Moira Shire Council.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes delivers his valedictory speech to the State parliament: I love youse all.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.