Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called for Greens, Labor and Crossbench Senators to support a motion of no confidence and the resignation of Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley, following a community meeting in Tasmania that revealed gross mismanagement of the Primary Health Networks, and today’s massive cuts to the Federal dental program.
“Last night, the Tasmanian community expressed justified outrage after Federal funding to the Kentish Health Care Centre was cut, which will lead to an unforgivable reduction in health services,” Senator Lambie said.
“And today Health Minister Ley thinks she can announce more cuts in the lead up to Christmas – this time to our Federal dental system, without losing any political skin or suffering any political damage. Well, have I got news for her!” Senator Lambie said.
“I’m going to spend every waking moment between now and the resumption of Parliament in the New Year, to build support for a motion of no confidence and the resignation of Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley.
“She and the Liberals, through their Primary Health Networks, have slyly created a system that protects them from criticism for bad management and reduction in funds and services,” Senator Lambie said.
“It’s time Minister Ley visited the community and saw firsthand how people are suffering because of her bad management. So today I have invited Minister Ley to get her boots on the ground and speak to the Kentish community face-to-face by the end of January.
“The Kentish Health Care Centre is a fantastic service full of hard working people, who are taking the pressure off aged care facilities and the public health system,” Senator Lambie said.
“Tasmania’s public health system is in crisis, it is under-resourced, there are not enough beds, and the Federal Government has also begun to make cuts to the aged care sector. We need community organisations like the Kentish Health Care Centre, to continue its good work supporting the health and well-being of rural-regional Tasmania,” Senator Lambie said.
“I am appalled that today we found out from Minister Ley about the Federal cuts to dental funding.
“My calculations show that Australia-wide the cuts will be about $1 billion. But it’s up to the Health Minister to show how much funding for dental services Tasmania will lose over the forward estimates.
“Cuts to services provided by Primary Health Networks and cuts to the Federal dental scheme are all part of a dangerous pattern of dysfunction and mismanagement in the Federal Health portfolio,” Senator Lambie said.
Rob Messenger for Senator Jacqui Lambie Senator for Tasmania