CIVIC leaders are expected to lobby the state and federal governments over the federal health funding cuts at Colac hospital.
The federal health funding cuts have led to the overnight closure of emergency services at Colac hospital.
Colac Otway Shire Mayor Lyn Russell has revealed discussions had been held about raising Colac Area Health's forced shelving of its urgent care facility between 10pm and 7am.
Outrage in the town prompted 700 residents to gather on Facebook to lobby over the annual $255,000 cutback.
A community group, CosWECount, is demanding the resignation of the hospital board and of CEO Geoff Iles, claiming that the latest move compounds problems with Colac's lone ambulance.
Geelong Hospital, which announced it would close 24 beds until July owing to its own $4.9 million funding hit, will offer the region's only overnight emergency care.
Cr Russell, a midwife with a wealth of experience at Colac's hospital, said she was told in her own meeting with Mr Iles that the measure that had been taken would have the least public impact.
"The board has made a really difficult decision - their other options were to close beds or get rid of staff," she said.
Describing the cuts as of concern to everyone in the region, Cr Russell warned council would be dealing with its own tough budget conditions, owing to Colac Otway's $3.2 million unfunded superannuation liability.
"Local government is going to be faced with the same decisions," she said, also citing Geelong's $23 million super black hole.
Both sides of politics are firing broadsides at the other over the health cuts, and Canberra and Spring St are each refusing to shoulder the blame.
Corangamite MP Darren Cheeseman has started a petition aimed at the State Government; the Liberal candidate challenging his seat, Sarah Henderson, also has one blasting the Federal Government.
The Australian Nursing Federation has said $723 million had been taken from Victoria's hospital budget over the past two years.
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