THE Senate is set to investigate hospital funding cuts.
A new inquiry was announced today, following a successful vote on a motion moved by Greens Senator Dr Richard Di Natale.
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This comes as more than 100 Victorian beds look set to close in regional areas as federal and state health funding cuts begin to bite.
Senator Di Natale said the inquiry would "help end the blame game and bring some much needed transparency and accountability into the recent cuts to hospital funding".
"Every couple of days another hospital announces that government funding cuts have forced them to cancel operations, close down their emergency departments and fire staff," he said.
"The Federal government blames the states and the states point the finger right back at the Commonwealth but no one is taking responsibility.
"If nobody can be held to account for cuts to essential services like this, then no level of government will stand up and fix the problem.
"This inquiry will give us an opportunity to hear from communities around the country who are feeling the real world impact of cuts.
"We will hear evidence from all the stakeholders involved, determine who needs to take responsibility for fixing the problem and make clear recommendations for fixing it."