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9 February 2010  Having failed to deliver on their promises to fix health, Kevin Rudd and Nicola Roxon are now trying to re-write history.

The Minister’s contention today that there was no promise to ‘fix’ hospitals by mid-2009 defies belief, Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton said.

Mr Dutton said the Health Minister was now trying to obfuscate the issue claiming the deadline had nothing to do with fixing hospitals.

She told the ABC today: “What the deadline was about was signing on to significant reform.”

“Australians know exactly what the Prime Minister and Health Minister promised. They promised to ‘fix’ hospitals by mid-last year and ordinary Australians will be disgusted by their attempts now to desert that core election commitment,” Mr Dutton said.

“It’s another Kevin-con.”

“Trying to tell people that they are mixed up about what promises were made simply doesn’t wash. Mr Rudd repeatedly made this promise prior to the 2007 election, but like so many of his promises it was discarded immediately afterwards – just like all the hollow promises on health made by Labor State Premiers.”

Mr Dutton said having failed to meet the mid-2009 deadline to ‘fix’ hospitals; Mr Rudd and Ms Roxon were also trying to distance themselves from the second part of their commitment – to hold a referendum to take control of hospitals if they had not been fixed.

“The deadline for that referendum is fast approaching as well, but nothing will happen in regard to it either.”

Mr Dutton said it was patently clear that Labor had no plan in health and had misled Australians at the last election.

“They will go to the next election making the same promises to ‘fix’ hospitals and health after three years of failure,” he said.

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