17 May 2011 Joint Media Release from Hon Peter Dutton MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing and Senator Fierravanti-Wells, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health.
A Senate Committee hearing has again revealed the incompetence of the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, and made clear that the proposed National Performance Authority will not add one iota to the bottom line of delivering better services to patients.
“This is a performance authority where no performance indicators have yet been determined,” said Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health. “All this new bureaucracy will do is duplicate monitoring, preparing reports and publishing information which is already being done by other bodies.”
Peter Dutton, Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, said Ms Roxon had presented to Parliament legislation that will have to be entirely re-written before it is debated.
“Minister Roxon had the Bill on the Notice Paper for debate last Tuesday, but it never proceeded and then totally disappeared from view as the extent of the problems with the legislation became apparent,” Mr Dutton said. “The Minister will have to return to the Parliament and admit that yet again she and the Gillard Government cannot deliver.”
The Coalition’s opposition to this and other new bureaucracies under the Rudd-Gillard Health proposal is vindicated.
“We opposed the establishment of this and other raft of bureaucracy and red tape at the 2010 election,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said. “We proposed to redirect funding for these new authorities to frontline services under the Real Action on Hospitals and Nursing and Real Action for Better Mental Health policies.”