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Opposition: cuts to Ballarat Health Services puts patients at risk

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The state opposition says health funding crisis has now hit Ballarat, with cuts to Ballarat Health.

The opposition says the Policy and Funding Guidelines for 2019-20 has revealed Ballarat Health Services will see a 6 per cent cut in acute admitted funding this financial year.

The cut means Ballarat Health will be down $10 million this financial year, from $166.4 million to $156.4 million.

Shadow Health Minister Georgie Crozier says the funding cut will put local patients at risk.

"It's clear with these cuts in funding in these vital areas that services won't be able to be delivered to the community of Ballarat as they should," said Ms Crozier.

Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur has called the cuts proof that the state government doesn't care beyond Melbourne.

"This latest health funding cut to acute care clearly proves, yet again, that Daniel Andrews cares little for those outside the tram tracks of Melbourne and is prepared to put local Ballarat region patients at risk.”

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