Budget Cuts Hurt Those In Need

Budget Cuts Hurt Those In Need

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

Projections Of Waiting List Blow-Out Reveals True Impact Of Budget Health Cuts

Victor P Taffa

The Government’s own projections of longer waiting lists and slower response times reveal the real effect of cutting half a billion dollars from the Health Budget, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said today.

“It’s utter madness for the Minister for Health to say the cuts won’t impact on patient care, when her own Budget Papers predict.”:

  • A blow-out in the elective surgery wait list to almost 9,000 people;
  • A reduction in the number of Category 1 patients seen within 30 days;
  • Emergency ambulance response times increasing;
  • A spiraling waiting list for adult dental care.

“A cut of $100 Million this year will be felt at all levels of health service delivery, from community nursing in rural communities, to busy city Emergency Departments.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Last night a frontline nurse told me services were already down to the bone; no more savings could be made without compromising patient care.”

“This week a patient needing an urgent endoscopy was told to wait another six months. Governments have an obligation to deliver essential services like public health and hospital services.”

“Frontline services are essential to people’s lives and, in many cases, essential to saving people’s lives; this Government is wrong to make cuts in this area.” Mr. Rockliff said.