MEDIA RELEASE: Labor Pledges $4 Million to Save Sydney Health and Welfare Service, Friday, 20 May 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

LABOR PLEDGES $4 MILLION TO SAVE SYDNEY HEALTH AND WELFARE SERVICE

 

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $4 million to save successful Sydney health and welfare service, The Haymarket Clinic, from closure. 

For forty years, The Haymarket Clinic, in Darlinghurst, has done incredible work caring for some of our community’s most vulnerable people.

 

The Clinic has been receiving annual funding of around $900,000 from the Federal Government. Sadly, Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals have cut that funding, which by July may force The Haymarket Clinic to shut its doors for good.

Labor’s commitment of $1 million per year over the next four years will give The Haymarket Clinic the funding certainty it needs to keep delivering and strengthening its free medical, nursing and welfare services.

The Clinic sees around 1,200 people each year, most of whom are homeless. 

Many of the medical issues treated at The Haymarket Clinic are related to, or made worse by, complex health problems such as mental illness and addiction, or social problems including isolation and poverty. 

Other services available at the Clinic include showers, toilets, mail collection, crisis accommodation, counselling and drug and alcohol services.

The Haymarket Clinic works hard to keep people healthy and out of hospital and research shows it pays for itself.

It shows the true values of Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal Government that they will happily spend $50 billion on tax cuts for big business, while they cut funding for an important service like The Haymarket Clinic.

The dedicated staff at the Clinic and the many people who rely on their help, deserve our support. That’s what Labor’s commitment is all about.

The choice at this year's election is clear. 

A vote for Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals means cuts to critical health services, like The Haymarket Clinic. 

In contrast, Labor sticks up for people and puts them first.

Only Labor believes access to healthcare should rely on your Medicare card and not your credit card.

FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016