Mildura hospital expected to record 25m deficit in August amid cost pressures
Budget for hospitals underlined by health minister, who defended his department for putting patient safety first
Health Minister Janette Elviraad has defended the health system at a crucial stage of budget negotiations that will see it under strain.
Fiscal results at the two state-owned hospitals in Port Elizabeth are to be released later this week, but the health minister insisted that she was committed to the hospitals, whose financial challenges will be largely attributed to fu포커nding cuts, not staff shortages.
Budget results that will be released at the state government health department are likely to show a huge deficit next year, with a budget surplus in 2008-09 and 2009-10. In 2012-13 the deficit was 2.8%.
“The hospitals were not given enough money in 충주출장마사지 충주출장샵the budget. We had a great budget in 2009-10 and then some, but a lot of resources had to be allocated. We spent money. The hospitals were given too much money.”
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Elviraad told the programme she was not satisfied with the financial support the state’s hospitals get.
She강릉출장마사지 called for a “new approach” to hospitals. “What do they get in return? They get a lot of money. We need to understand that hospitals – and this has to be a national solution – will be the core of any future economic recovery.”
Elviraad said the state could not spend $1 billion without taking care of patients.
“This budget has created very strong conditions in the hospitals to create a more stable future for our patients. But at the same time, these same conditions are not guaranteed for them,” she said.
In 2010-11, one of the two state-run hospitals for children died of a suspected drug overdose. In 2011-12, the hospital faced significant budget shortfalls. In the two years since it was founded, the balance of the budget has been more than double that of the previous 12 months.
In the budget announcement on August 13, state health minister, Dr Simon Corbelli, pointed to the “significant challenge” hospital expenditure had faced and the “urgent need” to close down an emergency department without “unintended consequences”.
Under pressure to close the Emergency Department in Port Elizabeth after a four-year wait for a patient with Ebola, the Department of Health made an important concession to the unions. It agreed to pay $10m on a pay dea