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Friday 9 November 2012

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today attacked three conservative Health Ministers, revealing that she cares more about party politics than the health of Australians.

Shadow Minister Peter Dutton has questioned Ms Plibersek’s political motivations and honesty.

"Where are the press releases against the South Australian and Tasmanian Health Ministers? They too are critical of the federal cuts, because they too have had money ripped from their budgets by this dishonest Minister," Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton has questioned Ms Plibersek’s fitness to continue in the role.

"Tanya Plibersek’s behaviour is unworthy of the high office of Health Minister. She has lied and deceived in near carbon copy releases against Ministers Springborg, Davis and Skinner. She wants to hide her complete inability to broker an honest deal," Mr Dutton said.

"This Minister has scored an own goal with her lines about three card tricks. It’s an apt description of her own three media releases," Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton is calling on Minister Plibersek to tell the truth and focus on health outcomes rather than politics.

"Tanya Plibersek should stop hiding behind bureaucratic processes and arguments about statistics. Ministers should tell the truth. The truth is this Minister has just cut $1.5 billion from our hospitals, she has ripped another $1 billion from dental health, and delivered a third hit on private health insurance by cutting $1.1 billion," Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton believes the combination of Minister Plibersek’s various health cuts will be a disaster.

"All of these cuts will combine for tragic health outcomes. People will be forced out of private health insurance onto public waiting lists. More chronic disease dental patients will need hospitalisation. Funding to our public hospitals has been cut, when clearly they will need to treat more patients not less. Tanya Plibersek is the Minister responsible," Mr Dutton said.


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