Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff
Report Slams Health Minister
Victor P Taffa
The interim report by a Legislative Council committee into our health system is yet another scathing report into the failures of the Labor-Green Government, according to Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff.
The interim report highlights the fact that Health Minister, Michelle O’Byrne, made the financial decision on “unrealistic health savings” that were too severe and not achievable and have led to:
- Patient outcomes adversely affected;
- A dramatic decrease in elective surgery volumes;
- An increased incidence of bed blockage in hospitals;
- Medical accreditation being put at risk;
- Adverse impacts on the health workforce leading to retention and morale issues.
“Worse, she decided to make these cuts without a strategic direction for health in place, without consultation, and on the basis of short-term financial considerations.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“This report clearly shows Michelle O’Byrne was wrong and Tasmanians will pay the long-term costs.”
“The Committee has vindicated everything that key stakeholders and the Liberals have said about the health cuts from day one.”
“Michelle O’Byrne and Lara Giddings and their respective Departments were also taken to task for treating the Parliamentary Committee system in a “contemptible manner” by refusing to cooperate fully with the inquiry and therefore the role of the Parliament.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“Former Health Minister, Lara Giddings, was also targeted for lack of financial discipline when she was in charge of health, which would have reduced the need for the draconian cuts being made to health today.”
“The fact is Labor and the Greens have failed Tasmanians on health, and have no plans to address our health challenges into the long-term.”
“Only the Liberals have a long-term strategic vision for health on the table. Our Healthy Futures framework provides our direction for positive change in the way health is managed and delivered into the future.” Mr. Rockliff said.