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Budget 2018: Labor to deliver funding boost for Tasmanian hospitals



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THE HON CATHERINE KING MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

JUSTINE KEAY

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR BRADDON

LABOR TO DELIVER FUNDING BOOST FOR TASMANIAN HOSPITALS

Tasmanians will benefit from Labor’s $2.8 billion hospital investment plan with faster elective surgeries and other health care improvements.

A Shorten Labor Government will reverse Malcolm Turnbull’s hospital cuts, investing an extra $2.8 billion in the nation’s hospitals between 2019 and 2025.

Labor’s record investment will reduce emergency department and elective surgery waiting times; boost the number of beds, staff and services; and give doctors, nurses and other hospital staff the support they need to deliver world-class care.

The money will be allocated from a new Better Hospitals Fund, which will target areas of need across the country - including Tasmania.

Labor has already committed to a $30 million investment to slash Tasmania’s elective surgery backlog. This will enable almost 3,000 extra elective surgery procedures - equivalent to half the current waiting list.

Almost 6,000 Tasmanians are waiting for critical surgery under the Liberals’ surgery backlog - with 1 in 10 waiting almost a year. These are patients waiting for vital procedures such as knee and hip replacements, cataract surgeries, tonsillectomies and hysterectomies.

One in four Tasmanians currently wait outside the clinically recommended time - the worst in the country.

The Liberals will stop at nothing to privatise and Americanise Medicare and our public hospital system.

In his latest Budget, Turnbull is showering $80 billion worth of tax cuts on his mates at the top end of town - but apparently he can’t find a fraction of that money to properly fund Australia’s public hospitals. His priorities are all wrong.

After years of these funding attacks, Australia’s public hospitals are in crisis. They simply cannot keep up with the increasing demand of a growing and ageing population.

Waiting lists have blown out and hospital staff are under ever-increasing pressure. The Australian Medical Association says the Liberals’ funding formula will “doom our public hospitals to fail and patients will suffer as a result”.

Only Labor will fix Tasmania’s hospitals.

FRIDAY, 11 MAY 2018

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