Despite the government’s assurance, NSW hospitals, particularly those in the frontline positions are still likely to be hit by the proposed budget cuts on the health system this financial year, a state opposition revealed.
John Robertson, an opposition leader disclosed that the latest hospital documents indicated that over 80 per cent of frontline jobs are subject for cutbacks this financial year, despite the prior assurance made by Health Minister Jillian Skinner, saying that cuts will only be imposed to the bureaucrats as part of the $3 billion health cuts this year.
The opposition leader further mentioned these new documents showed that from the 902 health jobs, 739 of them, particularly the ones directly from Local Health Districts are to be cut this financial year. This denotes district agencies responsible for health personnel will directly be affected. Apart from the 739 hospital staff, such cuts are also likely to impact the level of care people receive in NSW hospitals.