BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG
CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT
LIBERALS TO SLASH $900 MILLION FROM REGIONAL HOSPITALS
Scott Morrison will cut $900 million from our regional public hospitals over the next six years.
New data revealed today shows 32 per cent of the Liberals and Nationals’ $2.8 billion in cuts to hospitals fall outside major cities.
In New South Wales, regional hospitals will lose $313 million. That’s 215 doctors and 440 nurses.
In Victoria, regional hospitals will lose $160 million. That’s 110 doctors and 225 nurses.
In Queensland, regional hospitals will lose $319 million. That’s 219 doctors and 448 nurses.
In South Australia, regional hospitals will lose $21 million. That’s 14 doctors and 30 nurses.
In Western Australia, regional hospitals will lose $63 million. That’s 43 doctors and 89 nurses.
In Tasmania, regional hospitals will lose $9 million. That’s 6 doctors and 13 nurses.
In the Northern Territory, regional hospitals will lose $20 million. That’s 14 doctors and 28 nurses.
Labor will restore the $2.8 billion in cuts to hospitals, ripped out of the health system by the Liberals and Nationals.
Labor can afford to fund adequate hospital facilities for our regional cities and towns because we are closing tax loopholes for the top end of town.
A Shorten Labor Government will invest more in every single hospital in Australia with our $2.8 billion Better Hospitals Fund.
Labor will invest $500 million to upgrade and expand emergency departments across Australia and slash ED waiting times across the country.
This comes on top of Labor’s $2.3 billion Medicare Cancer Plan – the biggest cancer care package in Australia’s history, and our $2.4 billion investment to give pensioners access to free dental care.
Labor believes access to health care should depend on your Medicare card, not your credit card.
By contrast, if a Morrison Government is re-elected on 18 May, the Liberals and Nationals will cut $900 million from our regional public hospitals over the next six years.
End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.
TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019