Health Minister Sussan Ley has today admitted Tony Abbott lied about his promise to maintain health funding in the 2013 election.
Mr Abbott’s 2013 election health policy specifically promised to maintain Labor’s agreement with the states to fund 50 per cent of the growth funding of the efficient price of hospital services.
Despite this clear commitment, Tony Abbott’s first Budget tore up this agreement, ripping $57 billion in funding from public hospitals.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly denied making any cuts to hospitals, telling parliament “there is no such thing – there is no such thing”.
But the Health Minister has today confirmed the Abbott Government always intended to rip this money away from public hospitals.
“No government would have honoured agreements going out ten years”
Health Minister Sussan Ley, Sky PVO Newsday, 8th July 2015
State premiers have warned these cuts are unsustainable and simply amount to a massive cost shift onto patients, and the states.
These cuts will increase emergency department waiting times, increase elective surgery waiting times, and reduce the number of hospital beds across the country.
Today’s admission from the Health Minister is proof the Prime Minister lied to the Australian people at the last election when he promised “no cuts to health” and always intended to break this promise.