Wednesday 3 October 2012 Health Minister Tanya Plibersek needs to urgently sort out a mess of her own making, which will otherwise result in over 80 Australian trained medical graduates leaving our shores to work in foreign hospitals.
Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, Peter Dutton said that, "It's ironic that Labor was willing to tolerate policies which encourage people to arrive illegally by boat, whilst at the same time implementing a policy that will send Australian university medical graduates overseas because Minister Plibersek won't fund the places for these young doctors to complete their internships."
Peter Dutton is appalled at the Health Minister's lack of leadership and planning.
"Tony Abbott had the foresight to double the number of medical schools in Australia to address our ageing GP workforce. This Minister can't even plan ahead for the private and public internship places necessary to get these new doctors treating Australians," Mr Dutton said.
"Minister Plibersek must try harder to sort out her latest mess. So far even the Labor states are unprepared to save her with an 11th hour fix"
Mr Dutton is frustrated that Ms Plibersek's latest debacle follows so quickly her ongoing dental disaster and the Tasmanian bailout mess.
"Minister Plibersek is presiding over the most incompetent period for Health in Australian Government history. She should be ashamed that Australian trained doctors, who want to work here, will be lost overseas," Mr Dutton said.
The Coalition expects Australia's health future will decline further under the Gillard Government.
"Australians are struggling to see a doctor now. They will find it even harder in future to see an Australian trained doctor," Mr Dutton said.