Federal government's actions reprehensible

I WOULD like to clarify some points about the so called "blame game" over health funding.

In 2010, the state government inherited a budget in complete disarray and, in addition, had the state's share of GST receipts reduced.

They worked with local health services to find efficiencies and savings.

The local health services found these savings and budgeted accordingly in a consultative and planned process.

In contrast, the Federal Labor government ripped out nearly $107 million mid-way through a financial year with no consultation or warning.

This money had either been allocated or spent.

There was no regard for the impact or the heartache caused to local health services or the public.

This act was done on the basis of questionable population statistics that are now under scrutiny of a Senate inquiry.

The actions of the federal government in the reduction of funding, subsequent return and their treatment of the state government, local health services and patients has been totally reprehensible.

The local member, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, needs to come clean on her involvement in this process.

The people of the Ballarat electorate deserve better.

JOHN FITZGIBBON

Liberal Candidate for Ballarat

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