South Australia Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith
Hill Must Reveal Full Extent Of Health Cuts
Victor P Taffa
Weatherill Labor must immediately come clean on the full extent of proposed jobs cuts in Health in light of today’s announcement of further job cuts on top of last week’s proposed 308 FTE cuts to Adelaide hospitals.
“Minister Hill told Parliament on the 20th of June of a $653 Million black hole of cumulative savings targets over the next four years which must be found within the Health budget.” Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith said.
“Treasury officials told Parliament on the 10th April that Health’s FTEs cap was blown last year by 351 FTE and more restrictive caps were needed in the years ahead. More Health job losses are still to come.”
“Doctors and nurses will face the brunt of further job pressures to pay for Minister Hill’s expensive excursions on bungled software programs, collapsing bedside computers and a Health headquarters bureaucracy which doubled in the space of two years.”
“Labor’s ongoing financial mismanagement in the Health portfolio identified in successive reports by the Auditor-General is finally starting to hit hard.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.
“Nurses and doctors are being targeted for cuts to staffing levels, which they say will put patient safety at risk.”
“Just last week Premier Weatherill insisted that ‘there’ll be no cuts to the Health budget’, but only five days later, even more job reductions have been proposed.”
“It’s time for Labor to come clean on its immediate plans for Health.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.