Melbourne, Australia – For nearly a century, the Grandview Medical Centre in Melbourne has played a crucial role in Australia’s health system.
But in recent years, the facility has been facing a $4.9 billion deficit.
Grandview’s current funding needs are not just in the health system, but also in the community, with about 30,000 people living in the area.
For the past few years, Grandview has been struggling to find new funding, and its doctors have raised concerns about the need for additional funding.
“There’s not enough funding for the doctors, so it’s hard to see how they can continue to do their work,” Grandview’s president, Dr Peter McVerry, told AM.
In the last financial year, the hospital lost more than $1.8 million in the form of staff costs, according to its annual report.
It was forced to cut services, and reduce hours.
On top of this, the number of patients has fallen to almost 2,000 a year, and the number in hospital has declined by a third, from about 4,500 a year to about 2,200.
But Grandview is not alone.
Other Melbourne hospitals, including Royal Melbourne Hospital, have had to struggle to keep up with the changing population.
Victoria has the highest number of cancer deaths per capita in the world, and has the world the highest cancer incidence rate.
Despite this, Victoria’s public hospitals have been forced to increase staff and make cuts, including in recent months.
At Grandview, the health department has announced that it will reduce the size of its operating rooms, but this will not only impact on the health of patients but also the local community.
Last year, Grand View was also asked to contribute $2.5 million towards the creation of a new building in the Melbourne CBD.
And the facility needs a new ambulance service.
The health department wants a more rapid ambulance response to emergency calls, but has been criticised by community members for this.
This would mean a bigger ambulance for emergency patients.
If the health ministry were to adopt the recommendations from the community in this way, GrandView would see the need to open up its ambulance service to more community members, and help to improve ambulance response times, according Dr McVary.
He said that if the health minister were to take the recommendations of the community into account, the need of a rapid ambulance service would be lessened, and emergency patients would be treated in a more timely manner.
So what’s next for Grandview?
Dr McVarry said he hoped the health and community departments would work together to find a solution, but that the government had to be involved in this.
“It’s very much a public health issue and a public safety issue, so we need to get on with it, and get on and look at the bigger picture and the wider context around it,” he said.
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