I invited representatives from Victoria’s Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) to the Victorian Parliament to speak with the Liberal Nationals about the great work they do. Victoria’s 28 Primary Care Partnerships deserve a guarantee of funding from the Andrews Labor Government – not threats to have their funding cut.
More uncertainty for Victoria’s Primary Care Partnerships
16 Oct 2019 – Yea Chronicle
VICTORIA’S 28 Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs) and 850 health partners have suffered another cruel blow from the Andrews Labor Government after the government overnight failed to guarantee an additional three years of funding. Funding and service agreements for PCPs were due to be cut by the State Government on December 31, however PCPs have overnight received ‘stay of execution’ letters extending their service agreements until June 30, 2020 while a consultancy review is undertaken.
No additional funding was offered by the government for Victoria’s 28 PCPs and their staff, meaning our key health prevention partnerships will have to reduce the work they do for the Victorian community. Primary Care Partnerships do significant work to help people with chronic illnesses. Daniel Andrews claimed PCPs help Victorians avoid hospitalisation “particularly when people and the health agencies can work together on preventative actions and early intervention.”
Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier said, “Health prevention is often the first step to tackling some of Victoria’s serious health challenges, yet Daniel Andrews, once a supporter of Primary Care Partnerships, has decided to back his embattled Minister’s uncertainty to this crucial area of need.