Health Minister Spends Up Big

Health Minister Spends Up Big

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

Michelle O’Byrne Paying Over $1,700 A Day For Interstate Health Consultant

Victor P Taffa

Health Minister, Michelle O’Byrne, has been caught out employing new consultants in her Department at a cost of over $1,700 a day, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said.

At the same time as cutting millions from frontline services, the Minister has –

  • Spent $10,000 employing Dr. Paul Tridgell for 8 days to do a “high level scan of the Tasmanian health data”. That’s $1,250 per day.
  • Paid $4,400 to employ Professor Richard Mathews for 20 hours to “do an independent appraisal of the reform agenda” That’s $220 per hour or $1,760 per day, plus travel costs which have not been quantified.
  • Spent $10,000 employing Professor Deb Picone to do seven days work on a “functional analysis of DHHS”. That’s a cost of $1,428 per day.
  • Established a new $100,000-plus role of ‘Transition Director’, paying the successful interstate applicant a pro-rata salary plus $3,772.53 in travel costs to and from NSW.

“This is another example of blatant waste. Last week, it was revealed the Government was spending $40 Million on yet another health review.”

“The Minister keeps telling Tasmanians about the challenges of trying to respond to rising costs in her health, but the real challenge is to get Michelle O’Byrne to stop spending money on desk jobs and direct funding into frontline services instead.” Mr. Rockliff said.