State budget tries to repair health sector damage
In an effort to repair some of the damage caused by previous cuts to the healthcare sector, the Victorian Government has boosted funding for the health workforce. Minister for Health David Davis said there would be a 45% increase in funding for undergraduate clinical placements in nursing, medical & allied health. At postgraduate level there would be funding for 860 new doctors and nurses as well as 120 medical radiation internships.
Other aspects of Premier Napthine’s first state budget include a boost for elective surgery, $50 million for a second hospital at Waurn Ponds in Geelong and $10 million extra for a new radiotherapy service in Warrnambool. The Labor Party was critical of the budget, identifying an annual cut of $30 million for training and accreditation of health workers.
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