Medicos step into the Victorian election

The doctors say residents can send a 'powerful message' to politicians over rural health funding

More than 40 doctors have stepped into the Victorian state election, calling on residents to shake up a safe Liberal seat to extract more health resources from the state government.

Doctors in the NSW and Victorian border city of Albury/Wodonga have written an open letter to the Border Mail, calling on locals to use their vote at the 24 November poll to tip their seat into a marginal electorate.

The medicos say they have been ignored for too long and that voters in the seat of Benambra have the potential to send a “powerful message” to state politicians.

“Our electorate and our health service has been ignored and underresourced by state governments for too long,” they write.

They say they bear “no malice” towards sitting Liberal MP Bill Tilley, who holds the seat with a margin of almost 10%, but he has been powerless to get the funding they need from the current Labor Government.