Government Axes Vital Health Service

Government Axes Vital Health Service

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

One Senior Bureaucrat Could Save Hospital In The Home

Victor P Taffa

The axing of one senior bureaucrat within the Health Department could save the Hospital in the Home program following revelations by Michelle O’Byrne yesterday that the closure of the program will save $175,000, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said.

“It is simply outrageous that this government would even think about axing such a vital program, given the negative impacts that will be felt by all users, for a saving of $175,000.”

“Recent figures obtained by the Liberals show that while the Government is axing valuable frontline programs, there are 280 FTE’s in the backrooms of the Health Department on salaries ranging from $80,000 to $300,000.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“The Government has already admitted that of cuts made so far, for every one job cut at the backline in health, two are going in the frontline.”

“The simple fact is, any saving made by axing the program is a false economy anyway, given the findings of a 2011 Deloitte Access Economics report that showed that Hospital in the Home was on average 22 % more cost effective that treating patients in a hospital.”

“For the Minister to dismiss this report demonstrates how willing she is to bury her head in the sand.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Instead of cutting vital and much-needed services like Hospital in the Home, Labor and the Greens should be pruning the backline to ensure quality health care can be delivered to Tasmanians that need it.”

“The Liberals have already announced nearly $200 Million in alternative savings that could, and should be made protect frontline services.” Mr. Rockliff said.