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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper


30 June, 2009

Rudd Breaks Health Election Promise

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has broken his election promise to fix our public hospitals by 30 June, The Nationals’ Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said today (Tuesday).

“Kevin Rudd told voters that when it came to health, the buck stopped with him,” said Mr Hartsuyker. “He said that if services did not improve, he would hold a referendum on a Federal take-over of our hospitals.

“The deadline has arrived and he’s passed the buck to his Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, who now says they were committed only to considering whether enough progress had been made.

“Every voter knows the answer to that question and they’ve known the answer for months. It’s a big NO.”

Mr Hartsuyker said every hospital in the electorate was suffering from NSW State Government mismanagement and the North Coast Area Health Service was planning to cut 420 jobs.

In Maclean, hospital land was being sold, executive staff were being shared with other hospitals, and night security staff/cleaners were being laid off. At Bellingen, there were doubts about the future of the maternity service. There was nothing but silence about the much-needed improvements at Kempsey and there was a general lack of support for smaller hospitals such as Macksville.

“This is another broken election promise,” said Mr Hartsuyker.

“Kevin Rudd said he’d cut petrol prices and then came up with the flawed FuelWatch scheme which has now been scrapped.

“Kevin Rudd said he’d cut grocery prices and then came up with GroceryChoice which has now been scrapped.

“He’s now fielding his Health Minister to cover up the fact that he’s scrapped his promise to take over the health service.”