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More Rudd waste:this time in health.

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Peter Dutton

Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing

• More Rudd waste - this time in health 


The Coalition today slammed the Rudd Government for its ongoing incompetence and mismanagement of the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.

It joins the failed pink batt insulation program and school halls waste as yet another example of the Rudd Government’s inability to manage money or programs.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon and the Rudd Government have failed to act for more than 18 months to prevent any rorting of the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.

The Minister has refused to amend the scheme, preferring instead to play politics by willing the scheme to fail.

“Effectively this government is sabotaging a scheme that is generally of great benefit to patients with chronic disease needing dental care,” Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton said.

“The Coalition introduced this dental scheme to help people with chronic conditions and we said at the time the scheme needed to be monitored and amended if required.”

The Coalition was prepared to negotiate to tighten up the scheme to ensure patients and taxpayers received value for money.

“I discussed the matter with the Minister in June 2009, discussions continued between our offices. In August the Minister rejected reasonable and prudent suggestions to better target the scheme.”

“Clearly when the Rudd Government’s plans to close this scheme and introduce a different program were rejected by the Senate, Labor determined to set-up the Chronic Disease Dental scheme to fail; a fact confirmed by today’s juvenile Media Release from the Minister for Human Services Chris Bowen.”

In doing so Mr Rudd and Ms Roxon have played politics with patients and wilfully wasted taxpayers’ money.

“This is just the latest example of why Kevin Rudd can’t be trusted with another three years in office,” Mr Dutton said.