Tony Abbott's Health Cuts Hurt South Australians

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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

 

THE HON AMANDA RISHWORTH MP

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH

MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

 

MEDIA RELEASE

TONY ABBOTT’S HEALTH CUTS HURT SOUTH AUSTRALIANS

TUESDAY, 20 MAY 2014

Tony Abbott’s more than $50 billion Budget cut to health will have a devastating impact on services for South Australians.

As a start, Mr Abbott’s Budget has ripped $600 million from the South Australian health system over the next four years.  Because of the Abbott Government, at the end of those four years, South Australia will be the equivalent of 600 hospital beds worse off.

Tony Abbott’s Budget also cut Medicare Locals, slashing services like after hours GPs, counselling, immunisation, and Aboriginal health.  That’s put more than 3000 frontline health jobs at risk.

Today we are visiting staff at the Southern Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island Medicare Local to hear their concerns about the Abbott Government’s cuts.

The Southern Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island Medicare Local has been making a real difference to the health of the local community.  For example, its childhood immunisation program has boosted rates from 88% to above 91%.

Tony Abbott lied to South Australians when he said he wouldn’t cut health.

         Before the election:

“no cuts health”

Tony Abbott, ABC News, 6 September 2013

 

After the election:

More than $50 billion cut to health.

Tony Abbott’s Budget, 13 May 2014

 

Tony Abbott lied to South Australians when he said he wouldn’t cut Medicare Locals.

Before the election:

         “We are not shutting any Medicare Locals”

         Tony Abbott, Leaders’ Debate, 28 August 2013

 

After the election:

Every Medicare Local to close.

Tony Abbott’s Budget, 13 May 2014


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