NATIONALS FAIL ON GRAFTON HOSPITAL
27 Jun 2016
Janelle Saffin, Labor candidate for Page, today slammed the Nationals for failing to deliver on promised funding for the Grafton Base Hospital.
Ms Saffin said the Nationals had allowed budget cuts in Federal funding for hospitals by $57 billion over ten years – and the results of these cuts were already affecting people in regional Australia.
"Mr Hogan keeps repeating the line that they have increased funding. I think he has even talked himself into this big lie. What nonsense. Hasn't he read his own budget papers?"
“The failure of the Liberal-National Government in NSW to deliver the promised $7m upgrade to the Grafton Base Hospital is a clear example of how the Nationals have gone missing in action. Clarence Valley has traditionally missed out on health funding, and here it goes again."
“The allocation of just $121,000 to a $7 million project is an insult to the local community. The people of the Clarence Valley need and deserve a new, modern facility that meets their needs – as they were promised.”
Ms Saffin said the Nationals cuts to hospital funding over the next ten years would affect the ability of regional hospitals to deal with the increasing health demands of an ageing population.
“It has been estimated that Grafton Base Hospital will be $85.2 million worse off over the next ten years due to the Liberal-Nationals cuts to hospital finding.
“This equates to fewer nurses, doctors, hospital beds and goods and services."
Ms Saffin said that she had a proud track record of delivering on health finding for the Clarence Valley.
“In Government I was able to secure $25.2 million for the redevelopment of Grafton Base Hospital and $114,000 for new equipment for the Emergency Department
“I also delivered among other things, $5 million to establish the GP Super Clinic in Grafton.”
Ms Saffin said Shorten Labor Government will restore the National Health Reform Agreement for four years, at the originally agreed funding formula of 50 per cent of growth in costs based on the National Efficient Price, and provide additional support to the States to reduce waiting times for elective surgery and in public hospital emergency departments.
This will boost hospital funding by $2 billion more than the Liberals over the next four years, and drive a more efficient health system.