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Labor hypocrisy on show again

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Labor’s hypocrisy has reached a new level today.

While in Government, Labor paid $800,000 for ‘Razor Gangs’ to tell them how to cut health* – and Rebecca White was part of that.

In stark contrast we’ve spent the past four-and-a-half years hiring more staff, opening more beds and providing more services.

The KPMG and RDME reports cost under $100,000 and were to help guide improvements to the health system, in fact our investment into health since then has been more than half a billion dollars.

Reports like these inform policy development and are a worthwhile investment. It is important the Government can receive frank and fearless advice – that is a cornerstone of our system of Government.

This year, we added an extra $465 million to the health budget and then topped that up by $105 million last month.

We are investing $5 million targeted in the Royal Hobart Hospital ED, and that has been made available immediately to hire more staff.

We have shown time and again that health is a priority and that we will continue to invest – we have never shied away from the fact that there are demand pressures on the system.

That’s why we have a long-term plan for health, which includes nearly 300 additional beds, 1300 more staff and extra services.

* https://www.examiner.com.au/story/477718/health-razor-gang-costs-near-800000/

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Wining Pom

    December 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I can distinctly remember Labors’ cuts to health under Lara Giddings and the Liberals were scathing. And now Labor is scathing .. about what?

    Is it too much to ask for bipartisanship on such a critical issue?

  2. David Rowe

    December 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Just keep crowing, guys. And tell us, have you released the two reports to the public? You haven’t, have you?

    Release them and let us evaluate your wonderful “improvements to the health system.”

    Until then, Go Away.

  3. spikey

    December 20, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Hilarious! Ambulances ramped, time and time again, and mental health services in crisis mode.

    Clearly all the fault of nasty ‘razor gangs’ employed by previous governments.

    The current chumps are clearly all over it like a contagious rash, then tells the public it’s just a few spots.

    To be honest I think these media releases are having a detrimental affect on my mental health, if only I could stop laughing at them.

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