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True cost of health cuts in Coffs

Fewer beds and longer waiting times will be the fallout of the Government's $3 billion health funding cuts.
Fewer beds and longer waiting times will be the fallout of the Government's $3 billion health funding cuts.

FEWER beds and longer waiting times could be experienced in Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, under the O'Farrell Government's $3 billion health funding cuts. 

That's the claim made today by Country Labor MLC for Coffs Harbour Greg Donnelly.

Mr Donnelly said the State Government's budget cuts will mean a number of things in Coffs Harbour.

Staff cuts are likely to be seen locally as the government sheds $775 million in wages and axes 3,600 health jobs.

Across NSW hospital budgets will slashed by a total of $2 billion.

"Just days after launching the biggest attack on our education system in 20 years with $1.7 billion in cuts to schools, Barry O'Farrell is slashing $3 billion from our health system," Mr Donnelly said.

"Cutting $3 billion from the health system will impact on every health and hospital service in Coffs Harbour.

"Coffs Harbour Base Hospital nurses and medical staff do an outstanding job, but it will be impossible to quarantine care in our hospital wards and operating theatres from this extraordinary attack on health funding.

The reality of funding cuts will mean fewer hospital beds and longer waiting times, he said.

"If your child or relative goes into hospital, you expect they will receive the best possible care. Barry O'Farrell's decision to cut health funding by $3 billion will put all of this at risk. 

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