Activists: Gympie health cut to the bone in federal budget

FEDERAL budget cuts to health services could take $84.7 million out of Gympie Hospital in the next decade, an activist group has declared.

GetUp! has modelled the projected impact of the Coalition's $57 billion in hospital and health cuts over the next ten years on every hospital service in Australia.

The organisation said the cuts to Gympie Hospital were equal to cutting 43 doctors, 88 nurses or 51 beds.

The projections found that the total federal funding cuts are equivalent to cutting 37,000 hospital beds, 68,000 nurses or 33,000 doctors.

Campaign Director Natalie O'Brien said GetUp! teamed up with economists to sift through opaque hospitals funding data to help voters develop an understanding of what the cuts to hospitals will mean for them.

"Prime Minister Turnbull is taking billions of dollars in hospital funding cuts to the upcoming election. Voters deserve to know how these cuts may impact on their local hospital service so that they can make an informed decision come election day," Ms O'Brien said.

"Right as the Turnbull Government locked in enormous cuts to hospitals, he cut the corporate tax rate. This is $48 billion going to corporations that could be invested in keeping our health system world class.

"When you show up at the emergency room, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your local hospital even has enough staff or beds to deliver the care you or your loved one needs."

GetUp! worked with Australian Unions to develop projections based on Parliamentary Budget Office figures and estimates from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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