Public hospitals the big losers in Hockey budget

Public hospitals will be hard hit by Joe Hockey’s “No Surprises” budget, with a $2 billion cut in funding and scrapping of incentives for tackling bed block and waiting times.

Analysts have predicted that hospital treatment waiting lists will blow out as the Commonwealth reduces its direct funding of public hospitals by $1.7 billion and also cuts the $200 million National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services scheme to achieve targets related to elective surgery and