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Agreement - but what 'reform': year of delivery - 2014? 2017?
Media Release The Hon Peter Dutton MP
Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Federal Member for Dickson
2 August 2011
Agreement - but what ‘reform’
Year of delivery - 2014? 2017? Four years after Kevin Rudd first promised health ‘reform’ as a priority for his Labor Government, Julia Gillard has finally managed to get the States to sign off on a deal.
For the third time in 18 months Labor has claimed that the deal is an “historic reform”.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Julia Gillard has an agreement, but does she have any real ‘reform’ in health?
Chairman of the Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance Professor John Dwyer summed it up this way to the ABC today: “It is a reform package in a financing/accounting sense rather than a system sense.”
So instead of the sweeping national reform they were promised, Australians have ended up with a deal on dollars.
“Julia Gillard has capitulated and given the States billions of dollars to get them to sign an agreement that this desperate Prime Minister needs to look like she is actually achieving something,’ Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton said today.
And while more money might be flowing to the states, there were no guarantees of better health outcomes for patients.
“All of this promised improvement in healthcare delivery is in the never-never,” Mr Dutton said.
“Labor will have to win a third election in 2013 to possibly put any real changes for patients into effect in 2014 - something Kevin Rudd had promised to do by mid 2009.”
“It will be beyond a fourth election victory before its touted funding reforms are fulfilled.”
“Does anyone really believe that this incompetent Government will ever actually deliver? Julia Gillard said 2011 would be her year of delivery, but the agreement unveiled today makes clear that her year of delivery in health is 2014 - at the earliest!”
Mr Dutton said all that Julia Gillard had produced today was reams of paperwork on National Health Reform and superfluous spin - just like Kevin Rudd.
“Her comment that - ‘any suggestion concessions have been made (to the States) since February is just not right’ - was ludicrous,” Mr Dutton said.
In the last few months -