2 December 2010 The Gillard-Rudd so-called health “reforms” have again been revealed for what they are – little more than a sham – by none other than the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council chairman, Paul McClintock.
Mr McClintock told the Australian Financial Review that it was “difficult to point to the structural improvements” in the Rudd health “reforms” that emerged from the COAG meeting in April last year.
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Acting Shadow Minister for Health, said Mr McClintock, who is also chairman of Medibank Private, indicated that the pea-and-thimble trick the Rudd Government had performed by claiming to become the “dominant” funder in health by clawing back GST revenue from the states was meaningless.
His comments prompted the AFR to editorialise that he had “damned with faint praise … the Rudd hospital reform package”.
“These comments from the COAG Reform Council chairman are the latest in an ever growing list of indications that Rudd-Roxon-Gillard ‘reforms’ are little more than a sham,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.
“Yesterday former NSW Treasurer Michael Costa described Mr Rudd’s ‘ill-conceived takeover of the health system’ as an example of Labor’s reckless spending.
“Kevin Rudd hurriedly cooked up the ‘reforms’ in his office to distract attention from the pink batts home insulation scandal and the massive waste being revealed in the so-called ‘Building the Education Revolution’.
“The so-called ‘reforms’ will not make one iota of difference at the coalface in healthcare. What we will get from them is new, bigger and ever more bloated health bureaucracies.”
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