SOUTH-WEST hospitals and health centres have scored an extra $5.47 million from the state government, which has again slammed federal cuts.
The largest funding boost goes to Warrnambool-based South West Healthcare which was allocated $4.19m — up by 4.1 per cent.
“South West Healthcare is a much-valued asset the community turns to in times of need and the Coalition government is pleased to ensure its good work continues,” Health Minister David Davis said.
“The federal Labor government is providing $4.49m less to South West Healthcare during the next three years than the funding promised.
“Canberra has told us bluntly it will be paying Victoria’s hospitals $368m less during the next three years than it had promised.”
The funding is shared between:
n Portland District Health will receive $1.13m extra from the state — up by 4.9 per cent,
n Moyne Health Services will get $125,000 more — up 2.4 per cent,
n Casterton Memorial Hospital an extra $67,000 — up 1.5 per cent,
n Heywood Rural Health an extra $46,000 — up 1.7 per cent
n Dartmoor and District Bush Nursing Centre will get $14,000 more, a four per cent increase.