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Liberals must guarantee Tasmanian Health Funding

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21 June 2012

Liberals must guarantee Tasmanian Health Funding

Senator Carol Brown, Labor Senator for Tasmania today called on the Shadow Minister for Health, Peter Dutton MP and Senator Eric Abetz to guarantee the Liberal Party would not rip out the federal health rescue package if they win the next federal election.

Responding to comments made by Mr Dutton, Senator Brown said the Liberal Party must come clean to the Tasmanian people and commit to delivering the entire rescue package.

“Our bailout package will help get Tasmania’s health system back on track by delivering short term assistance through elective surgeries waiting list blitz and walk in clinics, as well as looking at ways to ensure the sustainability of the Tasmanian health system into the future.

“Mr Dutton's claim that more doctors and nurses aren't needed in Tasmania shows how wildly out of touch he is.

“He also seems to be against a new Health Sciences Precinct in Hobart and Launceston, a new partnership between LGH/RHH and research bodies that will support more innovative health care.

“Why does he think Tasmanians don't deserve first-class, world leading health care?

“Minister Plibersek came to Tasmania and consulted with frontline health professionals about what the package should look like.

“Is Mr Dutton so arrogant he thinks he can sit behind his desk in Brisbane and know better than Tasmanian doctors, nurses and other health professionals about what our state's health system needs?

“Since the Federal Labor Government was elected in 2007, we have committed more than $2.3 billion for hospitals and public health infrastructure in Tasmania - compared with Tony Abbott's record as health minister, ripping $1 billion out of Australia's hospital system.

“Health cuts are part of the Liberal Party DNA so it is imperative that Mr Dutton and Senator Abetz guarantee Tasmanians they will deliver the full health rescue package,” Senator Carol Brown said.

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