WAITING times for surgery in Kyabram are likely to increase if the federal government doesn’t deliver on the $100 million it owes Victorians.
Kyabram District Health Service would stand to lose $168,000 out of its budget, a cut that would affect capacity.
KDHS acting chief executive David Edwards said the funding uncertainty means planning service delivery would be near impossible, but that jobs would be safe.
“The potential loss from our budget would create a challenge for the service,” he said.
“We would need to reduce surgical and allied health activity, which would increase waiting times for patients.
“The budget cuts would require service reductions, although staffing changes would not be required.”
Despite conceding late last year that Victoria was owed the money, Malcolm Turnbull is yet to reimburse the state government for treating tens of thousands of extra patients.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the money owed meant less nurses and treatments for local patients. The $104 million is equivalent to:
■100,222 more chemotherapy procedures for Victoria’s cancer patients.
■212,964 extra dialysis sessions for sick patients.
■More than 650 extra nurses.
“Malcolm Turnbull should actually come to the electorate of Murray Plains and meet some of the patients his funding cuts will impact,” Mr Gepp said.